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  • Greetings!

    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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • An Ounce of Prevention

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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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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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  • 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...

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  • Divine Intervention

    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...

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

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