“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?
On 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.
It’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.
Between 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.
Social 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.
While 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.