Emergency Care For You

Dear Patient: A Letter from Your Emergency Physician

I’m sorry I had to meet you tonight. I know that just by ending up in my ER, you’ve had a bad day, perhaps even the worst day of your life. Thank you for trusting me to share in that day.

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Your Summer Guide to Bug Bites & Skin Rashes

Summer is here, the sun is out, and so is our skin. It’s important to know when to treat at home, when to see a doctor, and keep in mind some basic prevention tips.

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Heat Stroke and Hot Cars

Since 2017, the total number of children in the US that died from heatstroke after being left in a car is 72. Most of these children are under 3 years of age.

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Why We Do What We Do: Love, Leadership and Gunga Din

You may wonder, with all that’s going on, how can these doctors have any feelings left for me? Or, into whose emotionally calloused hands am I entrusting my sprained ankle, my laceration, my life? We are here because the emergency department is where we want to be. This is where we have chosen to be.

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Not the Right Time for a Selfie: A Conversation about Hawaii and Volcano Safety

Hawaii is a beautiful place to live or visit. The eruption of Kilauea on the Big Island continues to raise questions about the safety and health of residents and visitors.

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A Day in the Life of a Female Resident

Residency is an important time in medical training, working toward independence yet still requiring supervision. I am the only female in my residency class and I have found that being a female resident in the Emergency Department can be difficult at times. But, the challenge has its rewards.

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Don’t Go to the Hospital Alone: The Impact of an Advocate in the ED

As a medical student many years ago, I remember caring for a 20-year old woman in the intensive care unit (ICU) with a very severe infection that resulted in her being on a ventilator for months. Let’s call her Jane. Her hospital course was complicated: re-infections, loss of digits, muscle wasting.

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When in Doubt, Sit Them Out: Recognizing Concussions in Children

According to the CDC, a concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury that results when there is a sizable hit that occurs to one’s head, face, neck or even body.

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Dry-Drowning Doesn't Exist

It seems once the weather warms up and pools open, there is an effort to scare parents with the threat of the modern day boogie-man, silent killer, stealing lives in the night, known as "dry-drowning." "Dry-drowning" doesn't exist. In fact, there has never been a documented case in medical literature of a completely asymptomatic person dying as the result of drowning at a later time.

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Stop the Bleed: Simple Steps to Save a Life

Bleeding is the leading cause of preventable trauma-related death in the United States. The key word here is PREVENTABLE. There are some simple steps that anyone can take to save a life.

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