Chest Pain? Don't Wait!
Why is it that, on a regular basis in the ER, I see very intelligent patients with chest pain that clearly could be a “heart attack” wait at home for hours before they come in to see me? I suppose there must be some degree of denial of their sympt...
It is with great pleasure that I initiate this new blog -- "Straight Talk from the ER." When I chose, many years ago, to go into Emergency Medicine as my specialty, like many students, I chose it largely for the "adrenaline rush" that comes when y...
Haiti Update: Life Goes On
Editor's Note: Healthline blogger and Stanford University emergency medicine instructor Dr. Anil Menon is in Haiti to help with the global effort to provide medical care in the wake of the January 12 earthquake. Because communication outlets are l...
Shot in The Dark
“There is a sniper out there,” the paramedics stated matter of factly as they wheeled our patient into the trauma bay. “This is Jose, he is 25 years old, he was walking to the store this evening when he heard a loud ‘pop’, and felt a sting on the ...
Thank You .Parallel Universes. for Grand Rounds 3.50
Thank you .Parallel Universes. for including Sean Donohue's post Saving Lives in Grand Rounds 3.50.
The mild temperature and cloudless sky last Saturday lured people outside onto their bikes, horses, motorcycles and basketball courts. Unfortunately, even the most careful sports enthusiast can suffer an accident and several men and women wound up...
The First Days in Haiti
I can now access the Internet, so am going to try to begin to blog from Haiti. We have been here working hard now for four full days, and more has happened than I could possibly relate, so I will try to hit the highlights, because I'm very tired a...
Dealing with Dolby
One of the fun parts of this time of year is all the new movie releases. I caught one last week, "Deck the Halls." Funny, but it could've been a "rental."If you're fond of the "big screen," but find the sound level just a bit too loud, here's a ti...
Today is Halloween and I am celebrating it with a costume made of bandages. One roll of elastic tape can make you look like the mummy, a creature from Pans Labyrinth or just Robin. I am also celebrating it with over one hundred competitors from th...
Excuse me, Doctor, but did you wash your hands?
After last night’s shift in the ER, my hands feel like sandpaper. It’s due to the amount of hand washing I do – before and after every patient, and sometimes in between patients - “just because” (in the ER we come in contact with some very interes...