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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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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Symptoms: Loss of Consciousness and Altered Mental Status

A 70-year-old man with a history of end-stage renal disease on dialysis, diabetes, and hypertension was taken to the ED after he was found unconscious at home and cannot move his body or speak. What’s the diagnosis? Dr. Courtney Smalley has the interesting answer. ( 

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