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...
Why Is It Taking SO Long?!
One of the biggest complaints I hear people express about visiting the ER is, “Why did it take so long?! I just had a ______________ (you can fill in the blank with: sprained ankle, little cut, sore throat, etc., etc.)!”Without a doubt, care in ...
An Ounce of Prevention
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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...
Not Every Case is a Trauma
It is 5:25 AM, Kaiser Emergency Department, and to my surprise I have time to write this blog. That means that all of our patients have been discharged--for a moment at least. This also illustrates that not everyone that comes through the door i...
Let pain be your guide
As a resident, I am constantly learning. And, I think, so are most of the attendings that help guide me. Every so often there comes a case that is as startling as a splash of cold water. The dangerous disease lurking behind the benign presentat...
A Silent Winter Killer
We’re having a bit of a cold snap here in northern California right now, and I have a string of shifts in the ER coming up over the next several days. So, I have “raised my antennae” for that common, silent killer of the season – carbon monoxide....
What's Your ER Experience?
My name is Anil Menon, and I am a first year resident in the Stanford-Kaiser emergency medicine program; however, this winter I found myself playing the role of the patient, which was less than stellar but eye opening at the same time. This experi...
It was a humid night as a storm quietly crept along the Santa Cruz Mountains. A soft, sultry steam seemed to float along the Emergency Department floor. I remember it being hot; I think the air conditioning was broken. Beads of sweat rolled down m...