Emergency Care For You

When Sunburn Requires Medical Attention

The days are longer, the trees are blooming and baseball season is in full swing. Outside spring and summer activities bring with them risks of skin damage, from sunburn in the short term to skin cancer in the long term.

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"Our Baby's Head Looks Funny" - Spotting Child Abuse

Child abuse is one of the most serious national health problems facing children in America.

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Why won't you give me antibiotics for my cold?

Occasionally someone will come to the emergency department with a request for an antibiotic shot or a prescription for antibiotics to treat their common cold.

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When Exercise Is Not So Healthy

I was sitting at home one day after a long shift in the emergency department when I received a call from a family member seeking medical advice. She had been doing a new kickboxing workout routine and was complaining of muscle soreness.

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What I wish every person knew when taking an elderly person to the emergency department

I was taking care of a very pleasant elderly woman, whose daughter had brought her in for evaluation of general weakness. We had completed a comprehensive examination, spoken with the patient’s primary care provider, and updated the family on the plan which included discharge and follow-up with her doctor the next day.

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What Appears To Be a Minor Symptom, May Actually Be Something Serious

Years ago, I cared for a young man who came to the emergency department for an unusual complaint: tingling hands and feet. This is a non-specific symptom that often does not have a serious cause.

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On The Front Lines – Emergency Departments and Mass Casualty Incidents

The most stressful day at our office would be a mass casualty incident, which is when the supply of patients far exceeds the staff, stuff and structure capability and capacity of the emergency department.

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"I'm Not a Doctor, But I Play One on TV" — Fact vs. Fiction in the ER

I explained to them that based on complete lack of breathing or heart beat upon EMS arrival, and that nothing had changed with 20 minutes of CPR, given his age and not knowing how long he was not breathing prior to EMS arrival, that there was no hope of any meaningful recovery. The patient’s daughter immediately jumped up and screamed, “get back in there and shock his heart…it always works on TV”.

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Vaccines: Can't Imagine Life Without Them

Can you name the top 5 infections that cause death in children less than five years of age in the world today?

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"It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye!"

Some of the phrases we learn in kindergarten still ring true as adults. One of my favorites is, “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.”

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