The Pandemic-Era Emergency Dep’t: Weirder, Wilder & Emptier Than Ever

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Coronavirus, image created by JunGSA from the Noun Project

What to Wear, What to Wear …

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Steam-cleaned and ready for another shift

How Dangerous is this Virus Anyway?

When a Single Neb Treatment Killed 15 People

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Graphic from New England Journal article on the Amoy Gardens investigation
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Computer model of airborne SARS (blue plume) from a single dysfunctional bathroom. From the NEJM article.
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Flourescent dye on the intubator’s face shield after “the mannequin” coughs

‘I Just Can’t Cough’

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Some patient details changed to protect privacy.

The Dread Ventilator

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An Iron Lung (from the Wikimedia commons).
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Example of how consolidation (pneumonia) looks like liver on ultrasound. From an article in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Time to Suit Up

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Mallampati scores, and expected corresponding views of vocal cords and trachea (trachea is black triange in Grade 1 view; cords the white rectangles either side).

Compensations

Born in DC, studied at UNC-Chapel Hill, now living in Massachusetts. ER physician, EMS medical director, recovering journalist & Russia-watcher.

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