Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Emergency Room Visits in Southern California Increase

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Antibiotic-Resistant Disease - MRSA

For more than a decade, Dr. Zachary Lutsky worked as an emergency physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. As a medical professional, Dr. Zachary Lutsky has concerns regarding antibiotic-resistant diseases, one of the best-known of which is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

MRSA causes infections in various parts of the body and occurs when certain strains of staphylococcus aureus (staph) infect the body. Unlike typical staph infections, MRSA resists commonly-used antibiotics, making it more difficult to treat. Since it was first discovered in 1961, this bacterium has developed resistance to most common antibiotics, and regularly develops new resistances. About one in 50 people carry the disease, though most lack infections.

While MRSA most commonly occurs in hospitals, which may contain many immunocompromised patients who spread the disease, it can also occur in otherwise healthy people outside of hospitals. These infections often occur when large numbers of people congregate in close quarters regularly, such as athletes, military personnel, and prison inmates. Those in these categories should take care to have any strange bumps, sores, or infections assessed by a medical professional.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Addressing the Issue of Antibiotic Resistance

Zachary Lutsky, MD, graduated at the top of his class at RFU/Chicago Medical School before going on to become an accomplished emergency physician, including at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he served for more than a decade. Throughout his career, Dr. Zachary Lutsky has had an interest in topics such as antibiotic resistance.

Posing a significant risk to public health, antibiotic resistance arises primarily from an overprescription of antibiotics. As urgent care centers across the country prescribe antibiotics for the common cold and other viral ailments unaffected by antibiotics, patients become at risk for gut issues and allergic reactions.

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that 30 percent or more of antibiotic prescriptions are gratuitous. This overprescription may lead to a loss of antibiotic effectiveness.

To combat this problem, the White House issued The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in 2015, setting a goal for decreasing overprescription by half within five years. Some groups have tackled the issue by providing lists of non-antibiotic alternative prescriptions and requiring that the reason for prescribing an antibiotic be indicated in patients’ electronic health record.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Sudden Pains that Require a Visit to the Emergency Room

Dr. Zachary Lutsky is a board-certified practitioner of emergency medicine. For over 10 years, Dr. Zachary Lutsky provided medical care to patients with acute illnesses and severe injuries as an attending physician for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Emergency Department.

Sudden pain can be a sign of serious injury or illness that requires immediate treatment. Here are a few types of pain symptoms that should be addressed with medical attention.

Abdominal Pain -- Abdominal pain is often a symptom of serious conditions such as appendicitis or a ruptured spleen. Sudden pain combined with fever and/or bloody bowel movements, or abdominal pain that remains for longer than a few days, is a sign of a serious problem.

Testicular Pain -- Intense pain that appears suddenly may signal that the testicle is twisted. This is a dangerous condition that can prevent blood flow to the area. Testicular pain accompanied by nausea or fever should also be examined by a doctor.

Back Pain -- If lower back pain appears simultaneously with abdominal pain, it may be a sign of an aneurysm in the aorta, an artery that pumps blood throughout the body. The combination of these symptoms suggests that the aneurysm has ruptured the aorta, which can be life-threatening.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Headaches - Indicators That Emergency Care Might Be Appropriate

Monday, July 30, 2018

Type 2 Diabetes More Aggressive among Young Patients

Serving the needs of Southern California patients, Zachary Lutsky, MD, most recently engaged as an attending physician with the Emergency Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Zachary Lutsky handled a wide range of emergencies, from heart attacks to shootings, and has a strong knowledge of general medicine.

With type 2 diabetes on the rise among young Americans, recent research has shown that diagnosis with the condition at an early age significantly elevates the mortality risks associated with stroke and heart disease.

According to the director of Montefiore Medical Center’s Clinical Diabetes Center in New York, type 2 diabetes is more aggressive when experienced among the young than when it targets the elderly.

This elevated impact is felt in areas such as inflammation, insulin resistance, and weight, all of which are associated with premature cardiovascular disease. In addition, it results in elevated lipotoxicity, or the unwanted buildup of cholesterol in areas of the body such as the kidneys, heart, and liver.

One area in which type 2 diabetes does not translate into increased risk seems to be cancer, with one reason being the slow initial rate of growth of such diseases, which are typically not diagnosed until the later years.

Monday, July 23, 2018

ER Screening for Women at Risk of Postpartum Depression Yields Results

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Electrical Stimulation of the Brain May Improve Stroke Recovery

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Knowing the Symptoms of Stroke Saves Lives

Dr. Zachary Lutsky earned his medical degree from the Chicago School of Medicine and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. For over 12 years, Dr. Zachary Lutsky delivered medical care to trauma patients at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. 

Strokes are one of the leading causes of death and disability for Americans and one of the major reasons for emergency room visits. Obtaining fast medical attention is key to recovering from a stroke and preventing long-term damage. Fatalities due to strokes have decreased in recent years due to easier access to treatment centers and an effective awareness campaign launched by many stroke and heart health associations.

One campaign has popularized the acronym FAST (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) to help people remember and identify the early symptoms of stroke. FAST means that if you notice face drooping, weakness in the arms, or slurred speech, now is the time to call 911 and request medical help. Arriving at the hospital within three hours of the first signs of stroke greatly reduces a patient’s likelihood of developing stroke-related disabilities later on.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

How ER Professionals Can Stay Calm in Stressful Situations

A graduate of Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, Dr. Zachary Lutsky has spent more than two decades working as an emergency physician. Most recently working as an attending physician at the emergency department for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dr. Zachary Lutsky handled every type of medical emergency, including heart attacks and car accident injuries.

Here are a couple of tips to help ER professionals stay calm when things get stressful:

- Be prepared for any situation. The more knowledge you have, the easier it is to stay calm. For this reason, ER professionals must be prepared for all kinds of different situations.

- Communicate. Communication in the emergency room is key to ensuring patients are properly cared for. Throughout an emergency, ER professionals are either listening or talking. This constant communication with patients, patients’ family members, and other hospital workers allows ER professionals to work as efficiently as possible.