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  • Haiti Update: Unlikely Survivors and Another Quake

    Editor's Note: Healthline blogger 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 limited, he has been sending updates to his mother via ...

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  • The Rustling Beneath The Sheets

    “Sean, you have a new patient in Room 8…and there is something moving under the sheets,” stated the Nurse. I noticed she looked quite pale. I paused…”Okaaaay…..did you say something moving beneath the sheets?” “Yes,” she replied. “Do you know what...

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  • If a Tree Fell in a Forest...

    Mrs. B fell at her home 5 days ago. She was brought into the Emergency Department after a neighbor found her lying on the kitchen floor - she had failed to show for church bingo the night earlier - she had not missed that in 9 years! The paramedic...

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  • Breaking Falls

    This month it is my job to cover orthopedic injuries at the San Francisco General Hospital. Some of the stories are extraordinary and interesting like the bullet lodged in a femur that required a 3 hour operation for extraction or a police chase w...

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  • A Little Background

    As I begin my journey with you via "Straight Talk from the ER", I thought it appropriate to tell you a little about my background so you'll know a bit about the experiences from whence I'll be speaking. I was raised on the east coast, educated in ...

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  • Blisters and More

    Day Two from www.racingtheplanet.com and I'm still practicing emergency medicine. Today's topic is the subungual hematoma. Another way to describe that is a bruise under the toenail. You might not have seen it if you haven't dropped a rock on your...

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  • Why?

    “We should have known he was dying,” my Attending said to me with a somber look on her face. “These young guys always fight you when they are getting ready to die,” and that’s exactly what Rodney did-he fought us. One minute the picture of perfect...

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  • Plugging the Dike... Stopping that Nose Bleed

    Nose bleeds are common, especially in the cooler months of the year when we are relying on artificial heat sources to keep us warm… and dry out our mucus membranes! They’re also common in those who have a habit of “picking their nose” (common in c...

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  • Superman Sean

    I am using this title not only because I think Sean is one of my favorite and most impressive people to work with but also in an effort to instigate Sean into writing about his recent experience as a first responder to a trauma in downtown Palo Al...

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  • 'Tis the Season - Preventing Colds and Flu

    Well, it’s that time of year again – time to begin thinking of the rapidly approaching holidays, of spending time with loved ones, and how to avoid one of the major risks that can put a damper on our celebrations – those nasty respiratory viruses ...

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

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