SUNY Upstate

NATIONAL EMS WEEK
11:24 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Portable Ultrasound Machines Can Help EMS Professionals Diagnose Injuries

Nurse practitioner Carol Lee demonstrates a portable ultrasound machine to EMS professionals Monday at Onondaga Community College.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Most Central New Yorkers probably picture an ultrasound machine as large unit in a dark room at a hospital or doctor's office.  Well, advances in technology have shrunk the devices to about the size of a tablet, and they're small enough to carry in the tight confines of a rescue helicopter.    Director of EMS Education at SUNY Upstate Christian Knutsen says ultrasound machines once relegated to hospitals have come a long way from the large units that radiologists struggled to read not that long ago.    EMS professionals Monday got hands-on training with the portable units on real patients.

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ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS
6:42 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Upstate Hospital Streamlines Patient Data to Provide More Efficient Health Care

Overseeing the EPIC initiative, the electronic system that stores patient medical records for about half of the population, at Upstate’s Community Campus are, from left, Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page, Community Campus Chief Administrative Officer Nancy Daoust and Community Campus Director of Nursing Sharon Klaiber, in the Epic Command Center at Community Campus.
Credit Upstate University Hospital's website

Upstate University Hospital is hoping to save time and money for both its health care centers and its patients through technology. The institution has reached a milestone implementing Electronic Medical Records.  

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SUNY Occupational Health Study
6:26 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Limited Pay Just One Problem Facing Low-Wage Workers

Low-wage worker study uncovers many other risks, problems in workplaces.
Credit ohccupstate.org/

For low-wage workers in Syracuse…dangerous working conditions, high turnover and the inability to raise any concerns are part of their day-to-day life. SUNY Upstate's Occupatio

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Health & Medicine
6:39 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Dozens of Upstate Medical Students Learn Their Residency Assignment on "Match Day"

Kilali Iyallo is heading to Texas for her residency.
Credit John Smith / WAER News

The waiting and anxiety is over for about 150 fourth-year SUNY Upstate medical school students Friday who learned where they’ll begin their residencies.  

They opened envelopes as part of the annual rite of passage called “match day.”  The students we spoke to all received their first choices.  

Class co-president Dan Harris is one of five who will complete their residencies at St. Joseph's hospital in Syracuse.  Other facts about this graduation class: 

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Health & Medicine
11:49 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Shortage of Chemical Used to Sterilize Surgical Equipment

Vials of the biologic that sterilizes surgical equipment.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse-area hospitals say they’re facing a shortage of a crucial sterilization product that could delay surgeries.   There appears to be a major disruption in the supply chain of a biologic known as Sterrad biologic indicator made by Advanced Sterilization Products, which is used to sterilize surgical equipment and tools. The hospitals alerted Senator Chuck Schumer of the problem.   

Schumer stopped by SUNY Upstate Medical University Monday to call attention to the matter and demand more accountability from the manufacturer and the FDA. 

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