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  • The Roaming ER

    It appears that life is more than blisters and foot care. Though that is an important part of a race that keeps people pounding their feet in 100 degree weather for most of the day. In my travels, I've noticed a need for medical care in the villag...

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  • Desert Halloween

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Haiti Update: Anatomy of a Day

    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...

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  • Who's Trauma is it Anyway?

    My last day as a resident at the Stanford emergency department fell on a Friday night. With only a few hours to go before the 7 am change of shift and I began slowing down. In a matter of seconds that tiredness snapped away as I listened to the ...

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  • The Next Step

    My wife recently asked me “How do you deal with death on a daily basis?” I tried to answer this question as best as I could, but ended up stumbling over my thoughts. I wanted to convey my feelings about the personal effect death can have on anyone...

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  • Straight Talk Is Back and Changing!

    Hello friends! "Straight Talk from the ER" is, I am happy to say, back! And, I am excited about a new approach we are going to try! Over the last few months, it has become painfully clear to me that I just don't have time to "blog" on a consist...

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The Stanford Emergency Room is the center of emergency care at Stanford University.

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