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New York Pharmacist Offers 11 Tips on Keeping Your Medications Safe and Managing Your Prescriptions

Posted on: February 21, 2013

Dispensing Advice and Information

By Tony Luppino, R.Ph, Director of Pharmacy, Northern Westchester Hospital

Northern Westchester Hospital PharmacyMedications save lives—there’s no question about that. But prescription drugs are powerful substances that, taken at an incorrect quantity, time or mixed with other medications, can be harmful or even deadly.

Unfortunately, medication errors happen. Side effects from prescription mistakes can lead to serious health risks that may result in a trip to the emergency room, and unnecessary hospital trips raise the cost of medical care for everyone. Trouble creeps in when you need multiple prescriptions: It’s easy for the elderly—or even younger people—to forget whether they’ve taken their medications or become confused about prescribing instructions. Protecting yourself requires care—and the help of your doctor and pharmacist.

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Northern Westchester Hospital President and CEO Thanks the Community after Hurricane Sandy

Posted on: November 27, 2012

Joel Seligman, CEO Northern Westchester HospitalOur President and CEO, Joel Seligman, recently wrote a Letter to the Editor of the Chappaqua-Mt. Kisco Patch, a community news website, to express his gratitude to the community during the recent events surrounding Hurricane Sandy.

Read his letter of thanks, in particular to the Red Cross, Summit Development, the community of New Castle and to the numerous volunteers :  http://chappaqua.patch.com/articles/nwh-ceo-thanks-people-for-post-sandy-help



New York Emergency Department Doctor Says Cell Phone Use a Factor in Car Accidents

Posted on: September 14, 2012

Ditch the Distractions and Drive Safely

by Dr. Robert Marcus

Mt. Kisco Emergency

Obtaining a driver’s license has become a rite of passage for teenagers living in the United States. Starting during infancy, children become infatuated with driving. Whether it’s their first pair of pink and blue plastic keys or their convertible car for Barbie and Ken, children grow up dreaming of the day when they can turn in their Fisher-Price license plates and experience the freedom of life on the real road. However, with so many distractions facing teens today, it’s important to teach children safety before they open the driver’s side door for the first time.

As the Medical Director at Northern Westchester Hospital’s Emergency Department I have seen many cases that involve distracted drivers. In fact, driver distractions have become the leading cause of vehicular accidents in the United States.

Motor vehicle accidents are commonly seen in our emergency department, and distraction clearly plays a role.

Although laws have been passed to ban certain distractions, illegal cell phone use, eating, drinking and even personal grooming contribute to these accidents each day. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 80% of crashes involve some form of driver distraction.  In fact, nearly 6,000 teenagers, between the ages of 16 and 19, are killed in car crashes nationwide. With millions of new drivers taking the wheel each year, I urge parents to talk to their teens about the dangers of distractions.

Younger drivers, by nature, are inexperienced behind the wheel. Adding any one of a number of distractions to the mix will certainly impact response time in an emergency. Most new drivers don’t realize how dangerous car accidents can be – they can be lethal to themselves and others.

Teaching your children about the dangers of driving distractions can be vital to their safety and your peace of mind.

  • Have your teens silence their cell phones before getting in the car
  • Tell them that their obligation as a driver is to “just drive,” and nothing else
  • Talk to them about the statistics of crashes involving driver distractions
  • Take a defensive driving course with them so they know what to do in an emergency situation

Driving a car is a complex physical and mental operation that requires your new driver to be extremely attentive.

If your child is in an accident and you’re concerned about serious injury, care is available in the emergency department 24 hours a day.  NWH has a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department equipped to handle these situations when they do occur, including the very latest in CT and Radiography (X-Ray) technology.

For less serious injuries or to seek advice, I recommend contacting your family practitioner.

Before replacing your children’s toy keys for real ones, make sure they know that driving is a privilege and a responsibility.  Talk to them about the statistics, the likelihood of unexpected situations, the danger of distractions, and make sure they feel comfortable seeking medical attention if an accident does occur.

Editor’s Note: Robert Marcus, MD, is Chief of Emergency Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital


New York Orthopedist Explains Benefits of Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement

Posted on: July 3, 2012

Benefits of Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement

by Dr. Eric Grossman

Dr. Eric Grossman Orthopedic Surgeon New YorkTypically after patients have a hip replaced with the conventional approach, they go to inpatient rehab following 3 to 4 days in the hospital.  When patients eventually return home, they are given strict “hip precautions” because of increased risk of dislocation during the first 6 -8 weeks after surgery.  These precautions include no bending more than 90 degrees from the waist and no crossing of the legs, and they must sleep with a pillow between their legs for 6 weeks.  Because the anterior approach spares major muscles and tendons, patients are at low risk for hip dislocation and therefore do not need to follow “hip precautions.” 

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New York Orthopedist Dr. Evan Karas advises on Shoulder Pain

Posted on: June 25, 2012

Save Your Shoulder – Don’t Push Through the Pain

by Dr. Evan Karas

Dr. Evan Karas orthopedic surgeon new yorkYour shoulder is a remarkably intricate joint. The centerpiece is the rotator cuff—a cradle of muscles and tendons that enables you to rotate your arm in a full arc. The rotator cuff is instrumental to swinging a tennis racquet or golf club, throwing a softball or football, or even reaching overhead to get the china from the top shelf in your kitchen.

While most people think injuries to this vital structure are a concern for professional pitchers and other fulltime athletes, anyone can suffer rotator cuff problems.  As Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital, specializing in shoulder treatment, I can tell you the injuries typically occur in people older than 35.

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