26 September 2011

Emergency Medicine orientation

"Sometimes the facial structures are traumatized, complicating the intubation. Although, it is a lot easier to get the jaw and tongue out of the way when they are disconnected."

"You want to make sure the NG tube is not in the lungs; it can't really decompress the stomach from there."

"He came in with a skeleton of a finger, no flesh, and said 'fix me.' Well, sorry dude, you're f*cked. There's no saving that finger. Degloving injuries require amputation."

"In Europe, not everyone who goes into a trauma bay gets a rectal, but here we log roll everyone and do a rectal exam. The surgeons love it."

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