This blog serves as a bulletin board for emergency physicians 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 the photo, and must send a copy of 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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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Brodifacoum poisoning affects more than just those who are mixing it with synthetic cannabinoids, say our Tox Cave authors. (​.)


Monday, July 9, 2018

A better and less awkward way to treat peritonsillar abscess than incision and drainage? Drs. Dustin Ballard and David Vinson say medical management. (​.)

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Urine testing for opioids is a widespread practice in EDs, but Dr. James Roberts says it offers limited specificity and accuracy. (​.)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Dr. Rory Spiegel says the real issue that the controversial New York Times article on tPA for stroke raised is why EPs still exist in a state of evidentiary uncertainty 23 years after the landmark NINDS trial. (​.)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The double-edged sword of disulfiram: Dr. Larry Mellick says it is a valuable option for treating alcoholism, but it can also cause life-threatening side effects like hypotension. (​​​.)

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