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Emergency Medicine

One Year After: A Tribute From an ER Physician

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

On April 15, 2013, I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and walked to Mass General Hospital to begin my ER shift. It was the day of Boston marathon, and we were prepared for the usual influx of people with heatstroke and dehydration. Just before 3 p.m., we received the call that nobody could have predicted.

What Kind of Wound Would a Point Blank Shot to the Shoulder With a Colt 1911 .45 With FMJ Ammo Make?

Quora | Posted 02.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Chris Smith, I worked in the ER of a level 1 trauma center for several years, and I've ...

From a Young Doctor: A Tribute to Nurses

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

As we celebrate this year's Nurses Week, I am reminded of the Hippocrates saying that the goal of medicine is "to cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always." This, too, I learn through daily example from the amazing nurses I work with.

Combat Medicine's 'Golden Hour' in Iraq, One Decade Later

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

It is worth noting that the tremendous human costs of the war in Iraq would have been much greater, were it not for breakthroughs in combat medicine deployed for the first time on a broad scale in Iraq.

The Voice of Reason: (Maybe Not) for Emergency Use Only

Susan Weissman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Weissman

Imagine if that tiny print on prescription bottles could be heard instead of squinted at. Voice-guided instructions may indeed be helpful to patients in every age population, with a variety of medical needs.

Improving Medical Education in Rwanda

Adam C. Levine | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
Adam C. Levine

One of the wonderful things about knowledge and training is that they are inherently renewable resources. Unlike drugs and equipment, knowledge never has a stock-out, never breaks down, and never stops working when the power goes out.

'Inappropriate Use of the ER': An Emergency Physician's Flirtation With the ER

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Policymakers should be aware that even well-informed patients with good access to primary care need the ER. Legislation should aim to increase availability of primary care, but not penalize for use of emergency services.

When Parents Know More Than Doctors

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.11.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

A heart-breaking tale that will have you hugging your children and, I suspect, second guessing your doctor then next time your own child gets sick.

Watch: Man Survived 96 Minutes Without A Heartbeat

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home

In January, 54 year-old Howard Snitzer suffered a heart attack outside of a grocery store in Goodhue, Minn. Luckily, two first responders were across ...

How Emergency Medical Training Helps At-Risk Youth

Turnstyle | Posted 09.26.2011 | San Francisco
Turnstyle

Originally published on Turnstylenews.com, a digital information service surfacing emerging stories in news, entertainment, art and culture; powered ...

WATCH: This Man Survived After 96 Minutes With No Pulse

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 07.17.2011 | Home

In January, 54 year-old Howard Snitzer suffered a heart attack outside of a grocery store in Goodhue, Minn. Luckily, two first responders were across ...

Health Care Reform: Myths and Misunderstandings

Philip Lee Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Lee Miller

We are all too aware of the right wing echo chamber. A well orchestrated score promoting stereotyped rat a tat answers. How do they do this? The same may be true in on the left as well.

Anonymous Donor Covers Child's Lifesaving Medication

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The parents of a 4-year-old with cystic fibrosis are offering their thanks today after an anonymous donor gave the family $2,300 to help pay for medic...

Emergency Physicians Can Trust Their Judgment on Chest Pain Patients

Abhinav Chandra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abhinav Chandra

Sometimes, emergency heart patients could be better served by staying at the hospital and having more tests rather than being treated and released or discharged.