Tissue adhesives for wound closure often seem to intentionally make a bee-line straight for high-risk areas such as the eye. To avoid inadvertent application of the tissue adhesive, Dr. Hagop Afarian (UCSF-Fresno) utilizes a transparent tegaderm tape with an oval cut out of the center to provide a protective barrier. Immediately after application of the tissue adhesive, the tegaderm can be carefully peeled off to reveal a still-drying, well-circumscribed aliquot of glue over the wound. Be sure that the wound is dry, and the edges are well-apposed prior to tissue adhesive application.
There are so many interesting and inspiring EM faculty and none more so than in our own department at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Renee Hsia is a rising superstar in our department who has received numerous fancy awards and grants including the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Faculty Scholar award. She makes me feel small, insignificant, and uncultured. For instance, I thought Eritrea was a rash. Anyway, read below to see what I mean. Good thing I can at least beat her in foosball.
These were the questions that the following article by Dr. Rachel Chin (a super-mom colleague of mine at SF General) and Dr. Glen Yang answered in her 2007 publication in the Academic Emergency Medicine journal. Pubmed citation
Over the years, I have gotten to meet lots of really inspiring and fun EM faculty across the country through random encounters. Recently, I got to hang out with Dr. Rob Rogers (Univ Maryland), sitting at a beachside bar in Barbados during the Carribean EM Congress. The picture above is what he calls his “Corona commercial” shot. We were both speakers at the conference and couldn’t believe the gorgeous weather in January.
I started this blog on life in academic emergency medicine after having read many articles about how a blog (short for “web log”) is the communication and teaching tool of the future. This is an example of Web 2.0 technology.
I found a great slide set by Frank Calberg, an innovator and educator from Switzerland. Step through the following slides to read more about how blogs are great for teaching and are here to stay.
I just submitted my quarterly column installment on Tricks of the Trade in ACEP News on ENT dilemmas. Kids (and adults) get the most bizarre things in their ears and noses. I’ve seen a cockroach and Q-tips in the ear, and peas and pebbles in the nose. What have you seen, and what are your tricks for getting these things out?