altIt’s 2 a.m. and you’re seven hours into a 12-hour overnight shift. Your pager announces that EMS is bringing in a 56-year-old woman from home for shortness of breath.  Upon arrival the patient is hypotensive, tachycardic, hypoxic and febrile. Your nurses establish two peripheral IVs and a quick portable CXR confirms your suspicion that she has an extensive left-sided pneumonia.

altWe all use trauma sheers in the emergency department, and we’re well aware of their shortcomings. This month we are looking at the S-Cut Emergency Cutting Tool, a product that takes a new look at this old problem.

altWe’ve all heard the saying, “All bleeding stops eventually,” right?  Wouldn’t it be nice if we had something to help stop the bleeding before exsanguination takes care of the problem for us? Direct pressure was the mantra for bleeding control for centuries, and short of a tourniquet there have been no real improvements to this method until just a few years ago. Along came powders and gauze impregnated with hemostatic agents.

Healthagen’s new mobile app takes patients from symptom to an appropriate provider using GPS technology
All you need is a smart phone and an internet connection and you can have instant access to literally hundreds of medical applications. Given this overload, how is the average doc to filter through the detritus and find the apps worth downloading? We’ll use this column to give you a hand, combing through the avalanche of apps at least once a month. This issue we will look at a couple of ultrasound teaching apps, one from a large vendor and another from a fellow emergency physician.
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There are hundreds of medical apps available for download, but here are a few that rise to the top for both form and function
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 New IV access tool could be helpful. In some instances. Maybe.
Only 4% of physicians currently utilize a fully functional EHR, but new regs could pave the way for the Fed to pay for EMR adoption. 
altThose days of pocket prolapse are becoming a distant memory as we usher in the era of the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). 
Plug and play video laryngoscopy for EDs on a budget

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