This blog serves as a bulletin board for ED staff to share unusual and interesting photos of life in the ED.
It is also a partner with our Instagram account, @em_news, where you can find these photos on the go.
Have a clinical photo to share? Make sure it meets these criteria:
  • You must have taken the photo yourself. No “borrowing” from someone else or another website.
  • You must have written permission to submit someone else's photo. Send us the photographer’s name so we can give credit.
  • Sending a photo of a patient? You need his written permission to take it and to send it to us.
  • Be sure to obscure the patient’s face and identifying details even if you have permission (HIPAA, you know).
  • Send us the particulars about your photo: the patient’s symptoms, history, tests performed, therapies started, disposition, and outcome.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Know your tools: Dr. Evie Marcolini says the lumbar puncture is an effective tool in diagnosing subarachnoid hemorrhage, but only if you time and interpret it right. (


Friday, July 14, 2017

Don’t overthink antidotes: Dr. Leon Gussow says normal saline does the trick for poisons like salicylate and lithium. (​.)​​

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dr. Larry Mellick says all is not lost for patients with torsed testicles after the standard six to eight hours. (​​.) 

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

When a patient has hip pain, Dr. Loice Swisher says femoral fracture is not the only thing you should look for. (​​.)

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Friday, June 30, 2017

What do you do when your child is sick, but ED culture says suck it up and put your personal needs last? Dr. Sandra Scott Simons knows all too well (