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.
You’re reading the polished, final version of this article. With any
luck, EPMonthly’s editors have scrubbed the typos away and tweaked some
of our awkward phrasings. The comments we made to each other, the
tracked changes – all gone. Thank goodness, right? We might be embarrassed if you could see how little time we spent on the first draft.
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.
We store our email online. Documents. Photos. Financial information.
Various companies offer these services, and one -- Google -- does them
all, very well, for free. Why not add health information to the mix?