This blog serves as a bulletin board for ED staff to share unusual, gross, and interesting photos of life in the emergency department.
It is also a partner with our Instagram account, @em_news, where you can find all of these photos when you’re on the go.
Have a clinical photo to share? Make sure it meets these criteria:
- You must own the photo. That means you took it yourself, and didn’t “borrow” it from someone else or another website.
- Good rule to keep in mind: Assume photos you didn’t take yourself are copyrighted until proven otherwise.
- If someone sent you the photo, you must have written permission to send it to us. Include a copy of that when you send us the photo, and be sure to include the photographer’s name so we can give credit where credit is due.
- If you see a photo somewhere you want to share, send us a link to it and the photographer’s name. We won’t post the photo (that’s against copyright laws), but we’ll write a catchy caption to get readers to click through to see it. We’ll also give a shout-out to you for pointing out such a great photo.
- Sending a photo of a patient? You need his permission to take the photo and to send it to us. Your patient is under 18? Get Mom or Dad to sign off. Please send us the written permission when you send the photo.
- Be sure to obscure the patient’s face and identifying details (like a patient name on an x-ray) even if you have permission (HIPAA, you know).
- The devil is in the details! Send us the particulars about what’s in your photo. A few you should include: the patient’s symptoms, his history, tests done, therapies started, disposition, and outcome.
3/3/2015 Photo of the Day: Brain Abscess Presented as Stroke
E Too! Blog by Larry Mellick, MD, presents important clinical pearls using multimedia.
By its name, M2E Too! acknowledges that it is one of many emergency medicine blogs, but we hope this will serve as a creative commons for emergency physicians.
3/2/2015 Owning Procedural Expertise
Renowned emergency physician James R. Roberts, MD, and his daughter, Martha Roberts, ACNP, CEN, are teaming up to create a new EMN blog, The Procedural Pause.
The blog will focus on procedures that emergency medicine residents and midlevel providers are often called on to perform in the ED. Each case will cover the basics, the best approach for treatment, and pearls and pitfalls.
The Procedural Pause publishes anonymous case studies that required an ED procedure. The site welcomes all providers to share their ideas about emergency medicine, procedures, and experience with similar cases. Application of the information in this blog remains the professional responsibility of the practitioner.
Like all texts, manuals, support guides, and blogs, this site conveys personal opinions and experiences. Providers may approach a patient or procedure in many ways, and this blog is not a dictum nor is it meant to dictate standard of care. It is a clinical guide, not a legal document; do not reference this site in court or as a defense. It is your responsibility to follow your hospital’s procedures and protocol and to practice under the guidelines of your professional license.
3/2/2015 Pilonidal Abscess: The Very Bare (Back) Basics
Spontaneous Circulation focuses on advanced ECG interpretation, cardiac pharmacology, hemodynamic assessment and resuscitation, and managing acute coronary syndrome. It is devoted to translating the best evidence-based treatments from critical care, resuscitation, and trauma for bedside use in the emergency department.
2/2/2015 Maleficent Troponins
Dr. Loice Swisher’s daughter had five episodes of unexplained vomiting without a fever in just one month during 1999. Thinking through the files in her mind, she was unable to shake the memory of a young child with the same complaint 12 years before. The well-looking child had been bounced out of the ED four times with "viral syndrome" and "gastroenteritis." The diagnosis was a posterior fossa tumor.
“How did this happen?” she asked. The attending shrugged, offering up various possibilities. It was a difficult diagnosis because the symptoms at first are nonspecific. It is uncommon. The prior docs probably didn't get her up to walk or look in her eyes. They probably didn't think of it. He concluded, "To an ER doc, unexplained vomiting is a brain tumor until proven otherwise."
That single phrase altered the course of her life. A "reassurance MRI" showed a 5 cm brain cancer, a medulloblastoma. Her daughter navigated a course of radiation, chemotherapy, and multiple complications, and Dr. Swisher started an entirely new medical education in the art of diagnosis.
Amal Mattu, MD, reminds those of us in emergency medicine to be on the lookout for lions and tigers and bears, not horses and zebras, Dr. Swisher explained. As an emergency physician and mother, she knows the profound impact this approach has on a patient's life. Using real cases, this blog aims to expose the lions and tigers and bears out there ready to bite.
3/2/2015 We All Fall Down
The Tox Cave will dissect interesting ED cases from the perspective of a toxicologist, focusing on applying up-to-date management of the poisoned patient.
The name Tox Cave was coined by a former toxicology fellow to describe our small office space, likening it to the Bat Cave. The Tox Cave is where Drexel toxicology fellows and attendings have gathered to discuss the nuances of toxicology over the years.
3/2/2015 Just in the Nic o’ tine
Welcome to Little White Coats!
Little White Coats is the brainchild of Richard M. Pescatore II, DO, a first-year emergency medicine resident at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. He is a 2014 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Follow him here as he starts his residency in emergency medicine.
Dr. Pescatore also serves as an EMS medical director in Pennsylvania. He was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in aerospace engineering, and had planned to pursue a career as a nuclear submarine officer until an EMS run five years ago took him to a familiar but unexpected place. That call made him realize that EMS was more than a hobby and that his future was in medicine.
Read more about how Dr. Pescatore ended up as a "little white coat" in his first blog post, "Changing Course," and don't forget to sign up for the RSS feed for this blog to read his new entries.
1/6/2015 A New Year, A New Chance
Welcome to the Case Files!
The Case Files is an anecdotal collection of emergency medicine cases to enable physicians and researchers to find clinically important information on unusual conditions.
Case reports should focus on:
- Unusual side effects or adverse interactions.
- Unusual presentations of a disease.
- Presentations of new and emerging diseases, including new street drugs.
- Findings that shed new light on a disease or an adverse effect.
Comment on a case or submit your own case following the instructions in the Submissions box to the right.
1/7/2015 A Rare Cause of Necrotizing Fasciitis
Read breaking news and articles published ahead of print. Tell us what you think and comment on your colleagues’ views about EMN articles.
3/3/2015 Few Heart Attack Patients Get Aspirin on Way to Hospital
This blog focuses on the latest products, devices, and ideas to improve emergency medicine practice. Brief news releases and photographs are welcome, and must be submitted electronically. Images must be 300 dpi, in tiff, jpeg, or eps format, and at least 4“x4” in size. Please send information to email@example.com
2/20/2015 CrowdOptic Hopes to Improve EP, EMT Communication
The Going Global blog is an opportunity for emergency physicians to share their experiences practicing and teaching outside the United States. Submit an article about your experience to EMN at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include a brief biography and photographs of the authors. Photos taken during time spent abroad are also welcome, and should be 300 dpi and in jpg, tif, or gif format.
This blog was started by the emergency medicine residents of Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC, who travel the globe on medical missions. The program is under the direction of Thomas Cook, MD, who oversees one of more than 40 academic departments of emergency medicine that sponsors Global International Emergency Medicine Fellowships.
2/2/2015 Luke and Lesley’s Excellent Samoan Adventure