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?
When I left Manhattan for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
(SAEM) annual meeting in Boston, I was ready for a change of scenery. We
had gone live with a new information system in our emergency department
just a month before. While the vendors thought it went smoothly enough,
and the financial hit seemed (for the most part) mitigated, I was still
fielding a lot of requests from my physician colleagues.
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.
When emergency physician Harvey Castro asked a nurse to start a dopamine
dose for a hypotensive patient one day, he watched the nurse leave the
room, find the book that could guide her to the titratable dose, look in
the index and then flip through until she found what she needed. Castro
wondered, Isn’t there a more efficient way?
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.