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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… …

In, Out, And On Your Way

  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find out the wait time at your local hospital without going and seeing the queue in person? How about for the hospital staff, who aim to provide patient satisfaction by optimizing in-hospital efficiency? Well, good news, all you need is a computer (or smart phone).   InQuicker (www.inquicker.com) allows emergency department and urgent care visitors to hold their hospital spot online, and then projects treatment times so they can arrive and be seen promptly. Updates are provided by way of phone call or email. The InQuicker system is also designed to filter certain symptom keywords that may indicate a true emergency. It will then respond with a prompt to call 911 or immediately go to the ED.  Tags: ED waiting timePublished: 9/10/2012 1:22:00 PM Original Article… …

Gauze Stops Bleeding

  The QuickClot Combat Gauze has been shown to be 100 percent effective in stopping traumatic bleeding by second application in a model of simulated hemorrhagic shock.   The Combat Gauze, which is carried by all branches of the U.S. Military, is impregnated with the hemostatic agent kaolin. It has been used to stop bleeding in extreme physiologic conditions that are normally associated with risk of fatality.   A study completed by researchers at the Department of Surgery at Madigan Health Systems demonstrated that a single application of the Combat Gauze was able to stop bleeding in 89 percent of subjects, while the second round of treatment succeeded in stopping bleeding in all subjects.   Kaolin is an inert mineral that quickly promotes blood clotting, and it is indicated for external control of traumatic bleeding for any wound.   Learn more about QuickClot Combat Gauze at www.zmedica.com. Tags: stopping traumatic bleeding, kaolin, hemostatic agentPublished: 9/24/2012 10:40:00 AM Original Article… …

Seeing Clearly

Protect your eyes with the lightweight Uvex Carbonvision wide-view safety goggle. The goggle features a coating to ensure maximum anti-scratch and anti-fog properties, as well as durability and safety. The lenses offer 99.9 percent ultraviolet protection. A flexible frame fits to different face shapes, and the body is fixed to the frame for easy cleaning and maintenance. The goggle is available in clear and gray lens tints. Honeywell Safety Products launched the Uvex Carbonvision goggle, and it is available now through safety equipment distributors in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.uvex.us. Tags: safety gogglePublished: 10/22/2012 12:22:00 PM Original Article… …

As holidays approach, de-stress by ‘keeping it real’

Santa Claus is making his list and checking it twice, and so might be you – but when your holiday “to do” list is long, it can make you stressed. Medical Center experts offer tips on how to tone down the tension during the next couple of weeks. Among them: Examine your expectations, and if they’re too heavy, move some items off the sleigh.]]>Original Article… …