A great emergency physician is an expert in the atypical, the unstable,
and the unexpected. A great parent, however, sometimes requires little
more than common sense. For instance, don’t drop your baby in the sink.
If you’ve ever worked a night shift (or come in early for a day shift),
you know that there is an increased incidence of cardiovascular
catastrophes such as stroke and MI in the morning hours (approximately 6
AM to noon).
Emergency physicians, with their long shifts worked entirely indoors,
could be at a risk of Vitamin D deficiency. This might not seem like a
big deal, but it has been linked to more health risks than you realize.
Research suggests that a few short intervals of exercise (adding up to 30 minutes) throughout the day will have the same health benefits as one continuous 30-minute period of exercise. That’s good news for busy emergency physicians everywhere. Here are three quick exercises that can be performed in the doctor’s lounge when the emergency department is quiet.
Do you often find yourself standing at the vending machine, weighing the pros and cons of choosing one nutritionally void snack item over another? Do you wonder why vending machines for hospital staff never seem to offer any healthy options? With the wealth of nutrient-dense, tasty and healthy snack items available on the market today, there is no reason why you should be stuck at work with nothing good to eat. The best way to beat the vending machine blues is to get in the habit of keeping great snack items on hand, both at home and at work. Here is a comparison between some typical vending machine choices and their healthier counterparts.
You just walked in after a stressful night shift and you head straight to the refrigerator. You’ve been eating alternately salty and sugary snacks for 12 hours, not to mention drinking an entire pot of coffee, and now your stomach doesn’t know if it wants to boycott food or devour a double bacon cheeseburger. What you do know is that you’d like to get some rest. So what should you grab to eat?
New York recently mandated that all healthcare personnel working in hospitals get H1N1 vaccinations. If the worker doesn’t get it, they can’t work in the hospital. What would happen if my group [a democratic physician group] decided not to get it? Do you think the group would back me up?
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I’ll get the shot, but what’s next?
When I first heard about the requirement that emergency physicians in New York receive the H1N1 vaccination, I shrugged. Doctors in general and newly-graduated residents (like me) in particular are used to jumping through a lot of hoops for the privilege of practicing medicine. This year alone I've paid thousands of dollars and filled out hundreds of pages of forms for insurers, hospital credentialing, state and DEA licensure, and board certification. I've provided countless administrators with bits of my medical record, from vaccination logs to viral titers to PPD results. If I skimped on any of this, I wouldn't be allowed to work.
From this standpoint, what's the big deal about a mandatory flu shot?
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