Chest Pain? Don't Wait!
Why is it that, on a regular basis in the ER, I see very intelligent patients with chest pain that clearly could be a “heart attack” wait at home for hours before they come in to see me? I suppose there must be some degree of denial of their sympt...
End of Life Choices
Every day in the emergency department I work hard to cure disease and save people's lives. When patients come through the emergency department we start with the assumption that they wish to have all appropriate interventions that could save their ...
Drugs of Abuse
To pick up where my last post left off, I thought I would write about a more common case than LSD. That would be alcohol intoxication. SFGH's director of Emergency Medicine, Alan Gelb, noticed a decade by decade decline in LSD presentation to th...
Thank You Eye on DNA for Grand Rounds at the Beach
Thank you to Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei and Eye on DNA for including Dr. Anil Menon's post "Drugs of Abuse" on Grand Rounds at the Beach.
Another Late Night
In the days following my last post I have worked successive night shifts. I even voluntarily switched into someone's night shift to keep my string together. Today is my first day off so I went to a party with my sister, a party that ended long a...
Should I stop?
Suddenly, traffic slows to a crawl just when you're late for an appointment. And then you see why -- up ahead there's a mangled mess of metal and plastic that used to be two automobiles. People are obviously hurt, and as you look around, you are h...
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...
Haiti Update: After the Aftershock
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...
Emergency Medicine - All About the "ABCs"
There is a universal truth in Emergency Medicine when taking care of critically ill or injured patients, and that is, “always remember the ABCs”. (My first grade teacher, Mrs. Goldstein, would be very proud!) In Emergency Medicine, however, the ...
Coming Soon: the Trauma Center 1.2
We'll be hosting the next issue of the Trauma Center here next Tuesday, November 20th. The Trauma Center is a new blog carnival covering all aspects of emergency medicine. To be included, please send an email to lshevchik at healthline dot com by ...