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Editor-In-Chief: Jenny Ewen

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Chainsaw Injuries

Chainsaw Injuries These powerful tools can result in dangerous injuries from several different mechanisms.By Marven Ewen, MDMedical Director Overview Recently, I was considering renting a chainsaw to trim one of the trees in my yard. I should say I briefly considered it, until the thought of holding a running chainsaw while perched high on a…

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia A perplexing condition that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep issues, and mood problems.By Jenny Ewen, BA, NREMTEditor-In-Chief Overview Fibromyalgia causes pain all over the body, and those with fibromyalgia could actually be more sensitive to pain (known as abnormal pain perception processing) than those without the condition. About four million US adults suffer from…

Shortcut to Fame is Too Hot

It was a reasonably quiet night in the Emergency Department. Busy enough to make the time pass but not so busy that I wished I was somewhere else. I was able to respond to the distraught young man when he arrived. At first, I wasn’t sure what the problem was. He was barely able to…

Munchausen Syndrome

In 18th century Germany, an officer named Baron von Munchausen became well-known for exaggerating the stories of his life – from this grew the mental illness known as Munchausen Syndrome (also known as Factitious Disorder Imposed on Self). Those who suffer from this act as though they suffer from a physical, emotional, or mental disorder…

Value of the Secondary Assessment

Sometimes things are not as they seem. One afternoon an elderly patient walked into the ER with a complaint of difficulty breathing. He said he had a gradual onset of shortness of breath over the past couple days. It seemed to be worse with activity or when sitting. He denied any pain associated. He also…

Deepen Your Empathy

The first time I was involved in a major trauma case, I was an undergraduate intern on my first night on the surgical service. I was paged to the ED for a victim of a motor vehicle accident. I arrived to the stabilization room with the rest of the team. My role would be assisting…

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