“How the hell did you get this number?” asked the angry surgeon. To be fair,  no  one  likes  a late night consult, and I was working an overnight shift.  After trying both his pager and office answering service without any luck, I took the next logical step – I Googled him.

According to a large survey earlier this year, three out of every four physicians in the US use their mobile devices at work. Of these, a third claim to make prescribing decisions from their smartphones. Now, these devices’ hi-res imagery and video playback features are being brought to bear in diagnostic imaging, such as bedside ultrasound. App makers have been quick to respond with a range of training and education tools – and one that even performs handheld ultrasound.

While 3D printing has been in existence since the 1980s as a manufacturing tool, the proliferation of new, consumer-facing 3D printers like the MakerBot (MakerBot.com) is spawning a new wave of innovation. How this new technology will impact healthcare in general, and emergency medicine in particular, is anyone's guess. What do you think?

altOn March 5 on a United Airlines flight 30,000 feet in the air, somewhere between New Orleans and Houston, a passenger suddenly began experiencing nausea and felt her heart beating irregularly. The concerned flight attendants sought medical attention right away, polling the other passengers to find one who had clinical experience. Fortunately for them, and for the passenger, there was a cardiologist only a few rows ahead.

altIt’s easy to feel lost in the new world of medical applications. We’re here to help, downloading the apps most relevant to emergency medicine and distilling them down to their essential parts. This month we start with drug reference apps.

altBetween the Olympics and the elections, 2012 brought us plenty of distracting media to consume. Fortunately for patients everywhere, many research labs and companies remained hard at work with the aim of solving problems facing emergency medicine. Here we summarize 12 of the most impressive – or at least provocative – innovations of the year.

There is an age old problem in medicine. How can any physician keep up with the deluge – the absolute avalanche – of literature and information coming out each month? There are all of the obvious avenues for eduction, but there is one method that has often gone underappreciated: hanging out at the proverbial watercooler.

In April, we wrote about the use of social networks for physician-physician communication and concluded that while there is much potential, the ultimate online physician network probably does not exist yet. In this article we turn our focus to social networks that enable physicians to communicate with patients.

altSocial media sites like Facebook and Twitter have ushered in new ways for physicians to get in hot water. From malpractice to bad taste, here are a few cases to be aware of before you start posting any information about your professional life online.

altWhile some still debate the relative merits of direct vs. video laryngoscopy, the newest set of laryngoscopes make it easy, offering the best of both worlds.

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