Emergency Care For You

ER Doctor: It's Time to Bring Back Hugging – Everywhere

The need to be hugged and experience human contact is in the root of our DNA. It is the building block of our soul. It is as much a part of each of us as the air we breathe. We curl up and we die inside without it.

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Summer Can Sting: How to Stop Jellyfish and Stingrays from Ruining Your Beach Trip

“Stings” by jellyfish and stingrays are common during the summer months.

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No Ordinary Bath Salts: Dealing With The Nation’s Synthetic Drug Problem First-Hand

Synthetic drugs first appeared in the United States nearly 10 years ago.

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The Fading Light of a Time of Heroes

The medical student pulled up a chair and began to discuss her patient with me. She rattled off his stats 94 years old, surprisingly healthy, looks 80…couple bumps and bruises, better safe than sorry kind of stuff.

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Today’s Special: CPR with a Side of Fries? - How to Talk About End-of-Life Decisions

Physicians are not waiters. When talking about treatment plans with patients in the emergency department, we lay out our concerns, the pros and cons of different options, and why we recommend one over the other for the particular patient. We do not ask patients which antibiotic combination they would prefer.

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My Patient Mr. "J" — The Front Lines of America's Heroin Crisis

I was caring for a heroin patient a few months back. This person was comatose and barely breathing.

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What is holiday heart syndrome? Is it a real thing?

As the holiday season approaches, many of us may be tempted to overindulge in food and drink. But here's something you should know: increased alcohol consumption can trigger a heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation.

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Sickle Cell — What Is It?

I received the sad news last week that a colleague and a friend had died. A hard working, caring and thoughtful leader dedicated to helping people with sickle cell disease.

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The Forgotten Emergency: The Mental Healthcare Crisis

Emergency medicine is the only medical specialty to care for every patient regardless of complaint or insurance status. This includes tens of thousands of patients a year with mental health emergencies who have nowhere else to turn and who have arguably suffered the most.

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Sugar and Spice Is Not Always Nice

It was right around 2 am, and I was working an overnight shift in our busy downtown emergency department. Suddenly, the paramedics burst through the door with a young male patient in his twenties who was spitting, screaming, fighting and attempting to hit EMS providers.

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