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Taking care of yourself? That can be messy for millennials

Getting enough rest, exercising, eating right and achieving a balance between work and play is a tall order for anyone. But for busy millennials, self-care might be even more elusive. Medical Center experts advise this population to be mindful and deliberate about self-care, planning it if they need to, and to not feel guilty about paying attention to their emotional and physical health.]]>Original Article… …

The Latest Technology & Inventions

By Matthew Coleman The Warm Scrub Emergency physicians must spend all day in chilly hospitals wearing thin scrubs which are practical but poor providers of warmth. Bob Perez, a radiology technologist, said he “froze” in the bacteria-protected, cold atmosphere of his place of work for 18 years before envisioning ThermScrub, a warm, durable scrub. The ThermScrub maintains the function of a regular scrub, but is made of polyester fleece, a material often used in winter gloves and hats. The ThermScrub comes in nine colors, sizes XS-XXXL. For more information, visit www.thermscrub.com. Resuscitation Quick Guide Situations often arise in emergency medicine when quick decisions about critical medication and dosage information can mean life or death for a patient needing resuscitation. Though health care providers may have memorized the information, miscalculation mistakes are inevitable. That is where the ABCs of Resuscitation charts come in. These charts follow the same color pattern as familiar resuscitation systems, and supply a quick reference for resuscitation information. The color-coded categories are organized by patient age and weight, and contain emergency medications, precalculated dosages, and size specific equipment. The laminated, waterproof charts are available in pocket, clipboard, and wall sizes. For details, visit www.VedellsMD.com. Finding a Job…

If obstructive sleep apnea makes rest elusive, a new device can help

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea often can’t get a good night’s sleep, and no wonder. They may snore loudly and gasp for breath because their airway is blocked, making them sleepy the next day and sometimes causing cardiovascular problems. A new device implanted by a UMMC physician opens up those patients’ airways, giving some the first solid sleep they’ve had in years.]]>Original Article… …

New Technology & Inventions

By Matthew Coleman   This column focuses on the latest products, devices, and ideas to improve emergency medicine practice. Brief news releases and photographs are welcome, and must be submitted electronically. Images must be 300 dpi, in tiff, jpeg, or eps format, and at least 4“x4” in size. Please send information to [email protected] Portable Brain Cooler     Cooling the brain after cardiac arrest has been known to improve neurological outcomes in patients, and initiating this process as early as possible is essential. The RhinoChill Intra-Nasal Cooling System allows cooling to start in the field by using a noninvasive nasal catheter that sprays a rapidly evaporating coolant liquid into the nasal cavity. The system is small, battery-powered, easy to use, and portable, allowing for quick deployment in any prehospital and emergency setting. It also won the Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Product of the Year prize in the 2012 MEDTEC EMDT Innovation Awards. Visit www.benechill.com/wp/rhinochill-trade for details.   Innovative Wound Dressing     Patients with partial thickness burns must undergo painful dressing changes as frequently as twice daily, which can cause discomfort and potential wound infection. ConvaTec’s Aquacel Ag burn dressing can be left on for up to 21 days. The…

People of the U: Patrick O’Brien

Several years ago, Patrick O’Brien left behind his classroom at Florence High School. The former English teacher is now a senior administrator in the School of Medicine’s Office of Graduate Medical Education, but he still has many of his students on his mind and, as it turns out, in his life.]]>Original Article… …