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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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  • 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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  • What If.....

    The Emergency Department can be a very hazardous place to work. Over the course of one year I have seen random acts of violence, and have had friends exposed to various bodily fluids. I have seen a meal tray thrown at a nurse and unruly patients t...

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  • Heroic Measures

    ED thoracotomy is as far as we ever go to save a life. In fact, it is sometimes so far away that we now have rules to to prevent us from getting lost while performing this procedure. By that I mean, we do not do it unless there is at least a rem...

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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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  • 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...

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  • 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 ...

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