Emergency Care For You

How to Keep Yourself and Your Family Safer Near Guns

With all that’s been going on lately in America, the dual issues of gun violence and gun safety are of paramount importance to concerned parents.

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How Can We Save Teens From Themselves When Behind The Wheel?

In January of this year, I got the dreaded text from my teenage son that he had wrecked my 12 year-old Jeep Liberty when he slid on ice into a fence during one of our infamous Atlanta ice storms.

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Coming to America... the Zika Virus

Since 2015, the Zika virus has progressed across the Americas and heightened concern over expansion and impact of this mosquito-borne illness.

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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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