Girl, interrupted

I have spent literally hundred of hours with cadavers – either as a students in the anatomy lab or dissecting them for those students. I’m comfortable with cadavers. Really, they don’t bother me.

Oct 2, 2010

ETOH and Hospital Interpreters

In EMS and the ED many situations involve “2 beers.” Similarly, in the outpatient clinic when you have a patient that doesn’t speak English, they will bring a family member to interpret.

Aug 12, 2010

Sumdood’s Sister — “That Lady”

Sometimes it sucks to fly, especially with “that lady.” Maybe she’s realted to sumdood. Here is an open letter to, “that lady:” Dear “that lady,” I kow you need to get places, because you seem to be on every flight I ever take.

Jul 12, 2010

What I learned in the ED tonight

Tonight I had the opportunity to shadow my medical director while he was working in the ED. I leanred many things: Every blog I’ve read about how drug seekers present in the ED is completely true.

Jun 7, 2010

More Med Math Tips: Drip Rates

Maybe this is why 60-drip sets were invented…but no one ever told me, so I feel clever having figured this out. Your medication dose in mL per hour is equal to the required drips per minute when using a 60 drip set.

Jun 4, 2010

Memorial Day – Appendix

Some might be wondering how I wrote an entire memorial day blog without a mention of soldiers, perhaps accusing me of missing the mark or being unpatriotic. I know we all occasionally forget about or take for granted those in the armed services who make the ultimate sacrifice to provide us the freedoms we hold so dear, but it also doesn’t take much to jog our memories — hopefully.

May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

Today I had the opportunity to attend a memorial service for the body donor programme my anatomy and dissection courses are affiliated with. When I’m dissecting, I see these donors in their physical entirety.

May 30, 2010

Lifeguard FAIL

This weekend I’m visiting southern California. My first stop after landing was a bonfire on the beach. While getting the fire going and cooking some hot dogs, I noticed a regular pattern of Lifeguard vehicles driving back and forth.

May 29, 2010

Tip: Kg and Pounds conversion

When I was taking my Intermediate class, I came up with several medical math shortcuts. I’m sure I”m not the first person to discover these, but I figure if you stumble across my blog maybe they can be helpful to you.

May 14, 2010

Education Rant

I recently had a chance to help with an EMT Basic class. I was asked to teach spinal immobilisation. I was grinding my teeth the whole time. Why do we still teach to immobilise based on mechanism?

Mar 21, 2010