Articles by Jason Wagner, MD
Another ACEP Scientific Assembly has come and gone. As the dust
settles, Tech Doc Jason Wagner reviews a few of the shining stars from
the exhibit hall floor.
Your EMS disaster team is called in for a mass casualty caused by a
building collapse and you are faced with several dozen patients pulled
from debris with abdominal tenderness. A few
years ago you would have had to rely on vital signs, external exam, and
gestalt. Fortunately, today you brought your MobiUS portable ultrasound
machine, the world’s first FDA-approved smarthphone-powered ultrasound
You are a couple of weeks away from renewing your state medical license
and you realize that you are 10 hours short on your CME requirement for
the year. How are you going to cram in 10 hours of CME between your
hectic schedule at work and home? This month we’ll take a step away
from gadget reviews and explore the many and varied ways you can use the
internet to cram the requisite CME into your life.
This update to the modern classic adds the ability to record, transmit,
and simultaneously listen to the full range of frequencies. Is it an
unnecessary upgrade, or a telemedicine game-changer?
It’s 3:00 a.m. in the small community hospital where you are
moonlighting for the first time. Your thoughts are interrupted by a page
from triage informing you that a four-year-old female was just brought
in by parents after being struck by a car while riding her bike.
How many patients a day come to you in a C-collar? If your ED is anything like mine, you measure it by the dozen. The Clear Collar by Clear Advantage Collar, Inc. attempts to fill this void. But does it give up too much in the process?
It’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.
We 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.
We’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
Trends in medicine don’t come screaming around the corner like a Grand
Prix race car. They’re more like a meandering river, really. Initially
finding their way into research centers or academic hospitals. Some
catch hold and work their way into everyday practice while others fall
by the wayside. This month we are looking at up and coming trends and
future medical technologies.
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