- Ear Blast Injuries
Primary blast injury to the organs of the body tends to occur in anatomical succession, depending on the power of the blast and susceptibility of the tissues. The first organ to sustain damage is typically the ear.
- ED, Hospital Admissions for TBI Jump by 300,000
1.7 million people are seen in an emergency department, admitted to a hospital, or die each year from a traumatic brain injury.
- Eye Blast Injuries
Ocular injury is a frequent cause of morbidity in terrorist blast victims, occurring in up to 28% of survivors.
- Focus On: The Observation Option for Acute Otitis Media in the Emergency Department
Acute otitis media remains the most common diagnosis for which antibiotics are prescribed in children in the United States.
- Focus On: Treatment of Epistaxis
Epistaxis is one of the most common ear, nose, and throat emergencies, with an estimated 60% lifetime incidence rate for an individual person.
- Focus On: Treatment of Epistaxis Exam (PDF)
- Focus On: Ultrasound for Acute Retinal Detachment
Acute retinal detachment is a sight-threatening condition requiring urgent diagnosis and treatment.
- Focus On: Ultrasound for Acute Retinal Detachment (PDF)
- Free Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Resources for Clinicians and Patients
Created by the CDC and ACEP, these tools are designed for the clinician to treat and educate adult patients with a suspected mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).
- Insect Bite on Eye
- Oxygen Staved Off Cluster Headache
Inhalation of high-dose, high-flow oxygen at the onset of cluster headache appears to abort the attack, according to a report in the Dec. issue of the JAMA.
- Pearls & Pitfalls - Acute Hemorrhagic Conjunctivitis
- Pearls & Pitfalls - Understanding Eyelid Infections
- Pearls and Pitfalls - Diagnosing and Treating Pediatric Sinusitis
- Tricks of the Trade: Alternative Uses for Q-tips
In 1923, Leo Gerstenzang invented the commercial Q-tip after observing his wife attach wads of cotton to the ends of toothpicks to clean their child's ears. Since then, Q-tips have become a mainstream household product.
- Tricks of the Trade: Closing a Pediatric Scalp Laceration
Children in the emergency department receive special consideration that focuses on minimizing pain and anxiety.
- Tricks of the Trade: ENT Dilemmas - How Do I Get That Out of There?
Proficiency at removing foreign bodies is an art, and many times it's a matter of having the right equipment. Often, having the right equipment, or knowing what equipment works best, is the key to successful extraction of the offending object.
- Tricks of the Trade: Seeing the Light—Ocular Ultrasonography
There is a multitude of applications for ultrasound in the emergency department, but one of the more unique applications involves the ocular exam.
- Unlock the Mysteries of Pediatric Neck Masses
Be thorough in your history taking when infants or children present with a neck mass.