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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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When - and when not - to call an ambulance

An ambulance provides transport to a hospital and enables emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to begin medical treatment on arrival, extending treatment through the ride to the medical center.

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Cold Weather Crisis: Spotting and Preventing Hypothermia

Bitter cold temperatures continue to strike nationwide this season. Overexposure to cold can be extremely dangerous, especially for people in regions less accustomed to harsh winter weather. It is important to know the signs of hypothermia and take steps to avoid an emergency.

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Prescription Safety and Pain Management: Lessons from San Diego

More than 90 precious lives are lost every day from prescription drug abuse and chances are that you know someone who has died or had their life immeasurably affected by this public health crisis.

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