Over the course of his decade-long career, Dr. Zachary Lutsky has worked at top-of-the-line medical centers across California. As an emergency physician for the Cedar-Sinai trauma center, Dr. Zachary Lutsky has encountered patients needing immediate care due to influenza-related complications.
Every flu season, the World Health Organization publishes frequently updated information about the most prevalent strains of influenza and areas where transmission rates are high. At the start of the 2019 season, influenza rates increased in many parts of the world, including the Middle East, West Africa, and Central America.
In the US, several fatal cases had already been reported. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the 2019 vaccine is a good match for the most commonly reported flu strains. Along with most medical professionals, The CDC advises anyone older than 6 months old to be inoculated against the flu at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the flu season, which starts in October in the US.
A board-certified emergency medicine physician in Los Angeles, Zachary Lutsky, MD, has been an attending physician at such institutions as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. As such at Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Zachary Lutsky practiced at a level 1 trauma center and handled car accident-related injuries and other emergencies.
Car accidents occur for various reasons, ranging from texting and driving to changing the radio station. Whenever you get into a car accident, your adrenaline, anxiety, and/or tension levels will be high. This can mask certain injuries, so it’s important that you get your emotions under control after such accidents. Remain as calm as possible while self-assessing your injuries as well as you can. Don’t assume that you aren’t injured just because your car experienced little damage and the accident was otherwise minor. Regardless of how much damage your vehicle incurs, you can still sustain serious injuries.
For any noticeable injuries, like uncontrollable bleeding, severe trauma, or broken bones, always visit the emergency room for medical treatment. Although you may not feel such injuries because of the adrenaline spikes that are common after an accident, you will probably be able to see them. Other issues, such as breathing problems or neck pain, also require emergency attention.
If you neither feel pain nor see injuries, you may be able to wait to receive medical care through either urgent care or an appointment with your primary care physician. However, it remains essential that you get medical care at some point, even if you feel fine for several days. This is important for diagnosing and treating injuries that resulted from your accident but whose symptoms may not be immediately apparent.
A former attending emergency medicine physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Zachary Lutsky has been practicing medicine for more than 10 years. Over the course of his career, Dr. Zachary Lutsky has managed and treated patients suffered from a variety of traumatic injuries, including gunshot wounds.
Although many people never have to deal with a gunshot wound, knowing a few basic first aid techniques for promoting survival following such an injury is important. As soon as you or someone near you is shot, the first step is to always get to safety and call 911. Once this is done, focus on stopping the bleeding. While gunshot wounds primarily cause internal damage, external bleeding is the only aspect of the injury you can help with if you’re untrained.
With gunshot wounds, the bleeding is typically coming from a hole. Using a clean cloth, gauze, or any other fabric available when a kit is not present, place pressure directly on the wound. For wounds that are deep, pack some of the cloth into the wound. Make sure the entire wound is sealed by the fabric and do not reduce pressure until paramedics arrive on the scene. Further, don’t be scared about using your knee to provide even more pressure if the wound is still bleeding.
In addition to applying pressure directly to the wound, use a tourniquet when the wound is on a limb. Place the tourniquet about two to three inches above the wound and pull it as tight as you can. When properly placed, these devices are usually very uncomfortable and even painful, but they can be essential for stopping the bleeding from a wound. It’s important that you remember to only use a tourniquet when it’s a professional one. Since improvised tourniquets often fail, it’s better if you apply continuous pressure directly to the wound instead.