Emergency Care For You

"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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Snow and Ice Is Not Always Nice

The recent blizzard on the east coast showed once again just how dangerous snow and ice can be and how easy it is for injuries to occur.

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Carbon Monoxide — The Hidden Killer

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide builds up in your bloodstream. When too much carbon monoxide is in the air, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide. This can lead to serious tissue damage, or even death.

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When the Prescription Becomes the Problem

When you see a doctor for pain, you don’t expect the medicine he or she prescribes to become a problem, but unfortunately it can. These powerful pain medications can lead to misuse and abuse of prescription opioids. As an ER doc, I’ve seen this all too often.

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6 Ways This ER Doctor Keeps Flu-Free Every Year

Very little scares emergency physicians. Trauma? Strokes? Nope. Ebola protocols? Not that either. But a bad flu season? That's a whole different story. With 1.3 million emergency visits every year, 200,000 hospitalizations, and up to 49,000 deaths, a bad flu year is enough to scare even the most intrepid of us.

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Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out—What To Do With Those Old Prescription Drugs

If your medicine cabinet contains unused or expired medications you no longer use, it is critical that you dispose of them properly.

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Vampires Amongst Us, Even in the ER

It all started out seeming like a pretty routine visit. My patient was in her early 30’s and had come into the emergency department for weakness, but was in no distress. As I was talking with her about her symptoms she would flash the occasional smile. It was then that I noticed that she had fangs. Not the kind that some people naturally have from misaligned teeth, but she had really long, sharp canine teeth.

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That Time I Treated a Heart Attack

A 74-year-old man comes in to the emergency department complaining of chest pain. This was immediately after he played two hours of tennis on a warm spring morning day.

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