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How to Cut Plastic Rings

How to Cut Plastic Rings

When you throw away the clear plastic rings attached to your six-pack, you may not consider where they go after trash pickup day. Unfortunately, garbage like plastic rings doesn't go to a high-security landfill where it will never return. Sometimes those plastic rings end up killing a wild animal. D......[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]
What Does a Tornado Watch Mean?

What Does a Tornado Watch Mean?

A tornado watch means atmospheric conditions favor tornado development and it is possible a tornado could develop. (See References 1, pg. 66) Often a severe thunderstorm warning precedes or accompanies a tornado watch.......[Read More]
Trial: Immediate Total-Body CT Scanning in Trauma Patients

Trial: Immediate Total-Body CT Scanning in Trauma Patients

How beneficial is immediate total-body CT scanning in severely injured trauma patients? The REACT-2 trial investigates.......[Read More]
15 Things Dermatologists Think Hospitalists Need to Know

15 Things Dermatologists Think Hospitalists Need to Know

Many generalists may feel unprepared to address hospitalized patients with challenging dermatologic conditions. When should a dermatologist be called in?......[Read More]
Tick Bites: Signs of Tick Paralysis-Related Information

Tick Bites: Signs of Tick Paralysis-Related Information

A list of topics related to Tick Bites: Signs of Tick Paralysis.......[Read More]
How to Close Gaps in a Fireplace

How to Close Gaps in a Fireplace

Gaps may occur in your fireplace when mortar begins to chip or crack. Because of the excessive heat caused by burning wood and cooling to room temperature or below, the mortar joints holding the bricks in place can become weak and compromised. Eventually, the mortar contracts and expands so many tim......[Read More]
Writer With a Painful Breast Mass

Writer With a Painful Breast Mass

A 59-year-old female writer presented with the complaint of a large, painful mass in the right breast. Test your history of medicine skills with this interesting case.......[Read More]
How do I Check History on Doctors?

How do I Check History on Doctors?

Because physicians undergo years of training and hard work before they can practice, patients often assume they are trustworthy. But occasionally, the doctor has a history of disciplinary action or lawsuits. Make sure your physician is trusted by patients, colleagues and regulatory agencies before p......[Read More]
Validation of S100B Use in Managing Mild Head Injury

Validation of S100B Use in Managing Mild Head Injury

Serum S100B levels can be an effective biomarker in mild head injury. What are its implications in managing these patients?......[Read More]
How to Wrap an Elastic Bandage

How to Wrap an Elastic Bandage

Elastic bandages are used on injuries like sprains to help increase blood flow or slow swelling. They can also be used to hold compresses or wound bandages in place. These bandages come with metal clasps or Velcro fasteners. The figure-eight technique is especially useful for adding support to your ......[Read More]
Sexual Activity-Related Emergency Department Admissions

Sexual Activity-Related Emergency Department Admissions

The authors report on the incidence of sexual intercourse-related ED admissions over an 11-year period.......[Read More]
How to Check if a Doctor Has a Lawsuit Pending Against Him

How to Check if a Doctor Has a Lawsuit Pending Against Him

District courts report successful malpractice lawsuits against a doctor to the medical board in the state in which the doctor practices medicine. However, if you want to check if a doctor has a lawsuit pending against him, you must contact the court directly. Although you can search through some cou......[Read More]
First Aid for Stinging Nettles

First Aid for Stinging Nettles

Common nettles, garden nettles and hybrid nettles are all referred to as stinging nettles because they are covered with small hairs that release pain-causing chemicals on contact, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The hollow, brittle hairs contain histamine, which causes swelli......[Read More]
Perceived Stress Levels, Performance During a Simulated CPR

Perceived Stress Levels, Performance During a Simulated CPR

This study reports on a stress-coping strategy in a simulated CPR. How does it affect rescuers' stress levels and performance?......[Read More]
Dealing With Emergencies-Related Information

Dealing With Emergencies-Related Information

Chest PainChoking Rescue Procedure (Heimlich Maneuver)Confusion, Memory Loss, and Altered AlertnessCutsHead Injury, Age 3 and YoungerHead Injury, Age 4 and OlderHeart Attack and Unstable AnginaNervous System ProblemsPoisoningShockStroke .........[Read More]
How to Get Dirt Off a Trumpet

How to Get Dirt Off a Trumpet

As a musician, you should care for your trumpet the same way an equestrian cares for a horse. It's about taking pride in yourself and your instrument so that it's presentable at all times. If there's a bit of dirt on the outside of your trumpet, it won't take long to remove. Fortunately, you can get......[Read More]
EMTALA Gone Awry: Admit Every Threatened Miscarriage?

EMTALA Gone Awry: Admit Every Threatened Miscarriage?

A review of a controversial case in which a hospital in Maine was found to have violated EMTALA when it discharged a pregnant woman with symptoms of a threatened miscarriage.......[Read More]
Staple Removal Procedures

Staple Removal Procedures

Staples and sutures are the most common ways of closing skin after surgery. Skin may also be closed with skin adhesives or by laser soldering. Because the skin forms a protective barrier, any breaks in that barrier allow infectious agents to enter the body. Closing the skin after surgery is essentia......[Read More]
The Impact of ABCDE Triage in Primary Care EDs

The Impact of ABCDE Triage in Primary Care EDs

What is the ABCDE-triage system -- and how does it affect patient flow in combined EDs?......[Read More]