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EM in Lesotho

EM in Lesotho

Drs. David Murman and Alison Sullivan describe the challenges in emergency medicine in Lesotho, a rural African country with the third highest HIV infection rate in the world.......[Read More]
A List for First Aid Kit Supplies

A List for First Aid Kit Supplies

Being prepared for any emergency is easy with an accessible first aid kit.aid compact kit image by anders tanger from Fotolia.comKeeping a first aid kit prepared and handy is a good way to to be ready for unexpected emergencies---after all, emergencies can happen at any time. Keep a first.........[Read More]
What to Expect at an Urgent Care Center

What to Expect at an Urgent Care Center

It's a familiar scenario -- you were doing yard work on Saturday morning, and you hurt your arm. It should probably be splinted, but your doctor's office is closed. You could go to the emergency room, but that's time-consuming and expensive. Do you wait for Monday and hope it doesn't get worse, or d......[Read More]
Primitive Wilderness Living and Survival Skills

Primitive Wilderness Living and Survival Skills

All avid outdoorsmen know that Mother Nature is unpredictable, so it makes sense to be prepared for anything. When you're planning an extensive wilderness experience, some basic skills can be the difference between enjoying nature to its fullest and setting yourself up for disaster.......[Read More]
How Does a Burn Affect the Skin?

How Does a Burn Affect the Skin?

IntroductionBurns affect the skin by setting off immune responses within your body. Depending upon the severity of the burn, you might experience mild pain and redness to the affected area or on the other end of the spectrum, you could be rushed to a burn unit for specialized treatment..........[Read More]
Tubal Reversal Information

Tubal Reversal Information

A tubal ligation is performed to close a woman's fallopian tubes to prevent conception and pregnancy. When this procedure is surgically reversed, it is known as a tubal reversal, or tubal reanastomosis. While tubal reversal does pose some serious risks to the woman, it often makes natural pregnancy ......[Read More]
How to Properly Wear a Thumb Splint

How to Properly Wear a Thumb Splint

Thumb splints -- typically made from breathable fabrics with metal or plastic inserts to support the thumb -- are useful for relieving arthritic pain or restricting movement prior to or after surgery. Because the splints restrain joint movement, it may take a while to get used to your splint. Thumb......[Read More]
Acute Cardiac Syndromes in the Elderly

Acute Cardiac Syndromes in the Elderly

Dr. Amal Mattu reviews 2 recent studies regarding ACS in the elderly and highlights the differences between elderly and younger patients with non-STE ACS and STEMIs.......[Read More]
Transvaginal US Probe Contamination by HPV in the ED

Transvaginal US Probe Contamination by HPV in the ED

This study explores the issue of HPV contaminated transvaginal sonography probes in the ED. How common is it -- and are the current disinfection methods sufficient?......[Read More]
Treatment Outcomes of Resected Esophageal Cancer

Treatment Outcomes of Resected Esophageal Cancer

A study confirms the shift in esophageal cancer noted in the Western world from squamous cell carcinoma to adenocarcinoma.......[Read More]
A Bundle of Nerves

A Bundle of Nerves

Early returns on payment reform demonstration projects show successes, but skeptics question why alternatives aren't being explored.......[Read More]
Effectiveness of Skin Grafting to Treat Chronic Venous Leg Ulcers

Effectiveness of Skin Grafting to Treat Chronic Venous Leg Ulcers

This study assessed the effectiveness of skin autografting at 6 months post treatment.......[Read More]
Wounds at the End of Life

Wounds at the End of Life

Wounds afflict more than one-third of the nearly 1 million hospice patients in the United States. Read more about this study of 383 patients.......[Read More]
Chemotherapy Before Liver Resection of Colorectal Metastases

Chemotherapy Before Liver Resection of Colorectal Metastases

What are the risks of the use of preoperative chemotherapy in patients presenting with colorectal liver metastases?......[Read More]
Hammertoes Surgery Complications

Hammertoes Surgery Complications

Hammertoe is a condition in which a smaller toe projects outward or upward and becomes bent. The metatarsals--long foot bones--form a joint with the toes, or ball of the foot. A deep blister can develop over the joint and lead to bursitis (inflammation). Over time, the skin can harden over the joint......[Read More]
Sea Urchin Poison Treatment

Sea Urchin Poison Treatment

Sea urchins have two instruments capable of poisoning their victims. Most have spines can inflict puncture wounds and pass venom into a victim. Some urchins have pedicellaria, pincer-like structures that perform as jaws and let the urchin bite the victim. Regardless of how the poison is delivered, t......[Read More]
Surgical Versus Conservative Management for Subclinical Cushing Syndrome

Surgical Versus Conservative Management for Subclinical Cushing Syndrome

This RCT may help choose whether adrenalectomy or close follow-up is the appropriate management for SCS patients.......[Read More]
How Safe Is Appendectomy During Pregnancy?

How Safe Is Appendectomy During Pregnancy?

Commentary on appendectomy in pregnant women, published October 2007 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons......[Read More]
How to Use a Buck Chain

How to Use a Buck Chain

Bucking is a term used by foresters and lumberjacks when describing working with timber. While bucking generally refers to cutting trees into sections, the term also describes moving logs with a heavyweight chain and winch into position to facilitate trimming or loading. When moving trees with a bu......[Read More]
How to File a Complaint About a Doctor

How to File a Complaint About a Doctor

Filing a complaint against a doctor is a very serious decision to make. If a doctor's negligent actions or decisions caused harm, danger or death to you or someone you care about, then a complaint to the medical board in your state may be necessary. State boards take allegations very seriously and t......[Read More]