Emergency Medicine

Resources for Recent Public Health Emergencies!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus and two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated.

Links to these resources are listed below and are also available on the NLM Disaster Health home page: https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov.

Further information is available from two recent NN/LM PSR NewsBits postings:

http://nnlm.gov/psr/newsbits/2016/01/27/selected-zika-virus-health-information-resources-compiled-by-nlm/ http://nnlm.gov/psr/newsbits/2016/01/14/resources-for-aliso-canyon-natural-gas-methane-leak/.

Zika Virus Health Information Resources: https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/zikavirus.html

Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak: https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/aliso_canyon_gas_leak.pdf

Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System: https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/FlintLeadWater.pdf

Introducing VisualDx: A New Tool for Clinicians

Thanks to the School of Medicine Office of Student Technology, LSUHSC now has access to a new web-based clinical application designed to aid in visual diagnosis and patient education.

VisualDx?á allows point-of-care assistance for the user. The differential builder, diagnosis search, and medication search provide the information necessary to compare symptoms, visual cues, diagnosis, and treatment options. The VisualDx image bank contains over 25,000 medical images of diseases of the skin, hair, nails, eyes, lungs, etc. and shows variations by age, skin type, and stage.

You can watch a video overview of the application here:?áhttp://www.visualdx.com/features/video-overview.

Access to VisualDx is currently available through August 2014 for use on campus as well as off-campus for those with remote access privileges.?áSupported browsers are Internet Explorer 7+, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. VisualDx also supports mobile wireless devices with a 3G or 4G connection.

BLS for Healthcare Providers

Any free time during the holidays? Well you might want to take advantage the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers course. You will learn CPR techniques to assist people of all ages and how to use an AED. Cost is $50 and itÔÇÖll only take approximately 4hours.

For more info, check out the flyer:?á

Dental care in the ER

Americans who turn up in the emergency room to get dental care aren’t lost, they’re probably just running out of options.

According to a new report from the Pew Center on the States more than 800,000 visits to the ER in 2009 were for toothaches and other avoidable dental ailments.

What effect will this have on the future of dental care??á It really depends on who you are talking to:

This is NPR’s view.

This is the ADA’s view.

 

 

Emergency Med oral boards help

Academic life in Emergency Medicine blog linked to a resource out of University of Maryland that EM residents will find useful.

The Emergency Medicine Oral Boards Training Video Series covers general principles of the exam, along with 2 case studies and medical pearls. These 6-10 minute movies should play on any computer browser.

iPhone/ER roundup

Emergency Medicine News has a brief article on the use of iPhones in the ER.
Take two apps and call me in the morning.

American College of Emergency Physicians discusses 5 apps for iphone any ER physician shouldn’t be without. (free Snellen EyeChart app FTW) Most of them free!
iPhone Apps for the Emergency Physician

Did you know?
Epocrates, the makers of Epocrates RX (a free comprehensive handheld drug guide for your smartphone), turns 10 years old this year. That’s a long time in the mobile industry.

Free Emergency Medicine Clerkship Primer

Interested in emergency medicine? The Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM) group put together an EM Clerkship Primer addressing the unique aspects of EM for the medical student. You can access this free guide to your EM clerkship at http://www.saem.org/saemdnn/Portals/0/NTForums_Attach/ED%20Primer.pdf
Via Academic Life in Emergency Medicine