Emergency Care For You

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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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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