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Have Mursey

June 5, 2018

     Hey friends! Men's Health Month is upon us and I thought this would be the PERFECT opportunity to discuss ways we, as healthcare professionals, can lead by example when it comes to our health.  It's our most important asset, right? We know how bad it can get. We see it everyday. We know the stats. We've heard the studies. We've read the books. It's what we do! However, we still see overweight, out of shape co-workers, right? 

     I have to say, my weight fluctuates quite a bit. Sometimes I'm on it and sometimes I really miss the mark. I'm human. I succumb to the donuts, the bagels, the potlucks, and all that other junk that is at arms reach on the unit. I'm sure most of you who are reading this p...

February 7, 2018

Pulmonary embolus (PE) is a relatively common finding in the emergency room setting.  Following heart attack and stroke, PE holds steady to the number three spot for cardiovascular disease-related deaths (Abaca, Baddi & Manrique, 2014) A PE occurs when an occlusion of the pulmonary vasculature obstructs or altars pulmonary blood flow. A person with a PE may be asymptomatic entirely. While, conversely, the first symptom may even be death (Konstantinides et al., 2014). According to Co, Eilbert, & Chiganos (2017), PE occurs in 600,000 people in the US each year with an acute fatality rate ranging from 7%-11%. Cygan, Weizberg, & Hahn (2016) state that of the 200,000 annual new cases of venous thromboembolism (referring to an emboli in a ve...

February 2, 2018

Many a man has succumbed to the notion that one mustn't soften his heart or his hands so as to not lose face amongst his peers. But as author Max Lucado so eloquently put it, "A man who wants to lead an orchestra, must turn his back to the crowd." 

When I was a boy, I would sometimes watch my grandfather return home late, caring for patients all day. He would retire for the night, but alas, the telephone would ring and soon after he would re-emerge from his room, medical bag in hand and off he would go. Sadly, I don't have too many memories left of him. He died when I was rather young. I was nine. Since then, however, I cannot remember a time when I did not want to become a doctor.

After I graduated high school in 1995, I allow...

November 24, 2017

     One of the biggest reasons I see people in the Emergency Room on Thanksgiving is due to abdominal pain accompanied by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The number one culprit? I bet you guessed it; food poisoning. 

     According to the CDC, they estimate approximately 48 million people hit the doors of the ER each year for food poisoning, with approximately 128,000 being admitted. They also indicate that approximately 3000 people actually DIE from it. WHOA! 

     So, before you go back for another round of that turkey and dressing I hope I have your attention. There are quite a number of causes of foodborne illnesses. These include bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins and even chemicals. However, the...

November 9, 2017

Working in the emergency room can be one of the most challenging, most fast-paced, and most rewarding environments in which a nurse can work. And just because right now you may not actually work in the ER, it's a HIGH possibility that you will be floated to there in the very near future. It's because of this reason I've chosen to list my top 5 tips to conquer the ER.

After putting in some serious time in the emergency room over the past 10 years, in some of the busiest emergency rooms and trauma centers in the U.S., I feel like I've picked up a few tips and tricks which have given me a slight edge over newer, less experienced nurses. Because working as an ER nurse is a team sport, it's important that you be able to pull your own weight....

October 17, 2017

Working as a nurse in an emergency room will expose you to all types of traumatic accidents; some complex and others not so much. Some of the most painful and, to be honest, most shocking traumatic experiences I've seen come in the form of facial fractures commonly known as Le Fort fractures. In this post I'm going to cover some pretty cool stuff. My goal is to briefly introduce you to these specific types of fractures, how they became identified and classified, and by whom this classification process was created. I'll also be leaving some links you can use to look more into this topic. Let's dig in shall we?

Rene Le Fort, following in his father's footsteps, became a french

physician who spent quite a bit of time in...

October 3, 2017

It's been a rough few days hasn't it? I had started preparing for this quick email after my weekend camping trip, but then all hell broke loose and I decided to change up the content just a little bit. I hope you will take a second to allow me to express my thoughts to you.

It's Okay To Not Be Okay

I, like many others, was hit hard by the Las Vegas shooting. The largest mass shooting rampage in U.S. history was perpetrated in a city I called home for a number of years. Had I not moved away, it would have been very likely that Melle (my wife) and I would have attended this event (we both enjoy country music). The scenes I've watched on social media shows panic, histeria, and fear, followed by hurt, sadness, and a torrent of other emotions...

September 28, 2017

Sheer terror was on his face. He looked like he had ran 100 miles. As Mr. Patient came into the ER he was breathing hard and fast while sweat was dripping from his eyebrow. "I...can'", he uttered while gasping for air. His skin was thin, his lips were blue-ish, and he was "barrel-chested".

From the real-life scenario I've just explained to you, could you picture it? Can you (without reading the title of the post), from the little bit I've shown you here, tell me what this guy's problem is? If you've worked in the emergency room for less than a week I'm sure you could. This gentleman has advanced COPD and THIS is a COPD exacerbation. I could've probably gone into a few more details that may have completely ruled ou...

July 26, 2017

I spend a lot of time on social media, specifically, Twitter. It's my go-to source for news and current events. Somehow, Twitter always knows before everyone else! What I consistently notice on Twitter is the amount of dissatisfaction people express is so many different areas of their lives. Whether it's their jobs, their relationships, their bills, their kids, or their health it seems like there are so many people out there living life unfulfilled.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a requirement to live or even pursue a completely fulfilled life. Hell, I'm not even sure that's possible! I can't even say I'm living a life completely fulfilled. I say that because I'm never completely satisfied with where I am in life. I always feel I need to...

June 30, 2017

As a dude, you've got a lot on your plate, right? I mean you've got your job stuff (deadlines, meetings, conferences, assignments), your home stuff (mowing the yard, washing the cars, repairs, picking up clothes from the cleaners), your family stuff (kids/grandkids, date night, doc appointments, pets), etc. And all this 'stuff' is super important, but are you considering the one thing that allows you to get it all done? I'm talking about the health stuff.

Did you know that 67% of gym membership owners don't even go to the gym and those that do, on average, only go 2 times per week. Crazy right? What about this? The first symptom of heart disease, in more than half of all those diagnosed, is a severe heart attack or death. Isn't tha...

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