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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...

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...

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...

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...

June 15, 2017

“Don’t play with it or you’ll go blind!"

     Anybody else remember your mom telling you that when you were a little boy?! Well according to the CDC more than 3.3 million people over 40 years old are legally blind or have low vision (best corrected visual acuity of <20/40). That’s a lot of you guys out there that put your hands where they didn’t need to be!

     Of course I’m just joking around. However, vision loss and blindness are no laughing matter. As a matter of fact approximately 61 million Americans are estimated to be at “high risk” for serious vision loss. The National Eye Institute provided prevalence rates among men and women here in the U.S. in 2010 and found that we dudes represent 36% of all types of vision impai...

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