Archives for May 19, 2005

Technorati Search on TypePad

I’ve made a minor change to the left sidebar: Google site search out, Technorati site search in.  Why?  Google site search has never been useful, and the Technorati works very well!  I use two searches to see if a search engine can ‘see’ deep in the blog, C-130 and AMA.  Though Technorati isn’t perfect, at least it finds most of those entries, Google didn’t find any of them.

Note to TypePad users: when adding this to your sidebar, lose the <fieldset> tags and use your own CSS tags, otherwise you’ll have trouble controlling the width.  YMMV, etc.

Now, if the TypePad folks would add the (very excellent) MT search as a built-in TypePad feature I’d have nothing to gripe about, at least for a while.

Former Firefighter/Paramedic Turns SWAT Team Doctor in Dallas

A topic I’m very interested in is Tactical medicine, and here’s a trauma surgeon putting it to work:  Former Firefighter/Paramedic Turns SWAT Team Doctor in Dallas

Dallas SWAT officers are now more likely to survive an injury thanks to emergency medical support from a full time, tactically trained trauma surgeon.

Some other SWAT teams around the country are served by doctors on a volunteer or part time basis, but Dallas officials know of no other major city that has a doctor dedicated to the team full time.

"I’m the first physician who’s every day job is to be on a major metropolitan SWAT team," said Dr. Alex Eastman. He’s on call 24 hours a day and deploys alongside SWAT officers in order to provide immediate, comprehensive medical care at the scene of an emergency. He said he has the same training as the rest of the team.

"It’s just that my job is not to go out there and be a police officer. My job is to go out there and take care of these guys," he said.

I did a senior resident project on this topic and think it would have yielded major dividends in some of the ‘active shooter’ mass casualties, like Columbine.

I have other thoughts on this, and I’ll get ot them soon.

Backseaters: Buckle Up!

From DeRidder Beauregard Daily News:

Passengers in the rear seats of vehicles who do not buckle up pose increased risks to themselves and to drivers, according to a recent medical study.

According to a recent issue of the medical journal Academic Emergency Medicine, a driver in a serious, head-on crash is more than twice as likely to be killed if a passenger sitting directly behind him is not wearing a seat belt. A separate 2004 study by the American Medical Association estimates that one in six crash deaths of drivers or front-seat passengers could be prevented if passengers in the back seat were buckled up.

Okay, folks, there it is.  Everyone in the vehicle needs to be belted, and not just for you, but for your fellow vehicle occupants.

The Sonic Flashlight

Expect to see these in your ED within a couple of years: Real Time Tomographic Reflection – RTTR – The Sonic Flashlight.

Basically, they’ve made sono-guided vein cannulation much much easier.  Instead of having to look up at a screen to see what you’re doing, there’s a ‘virtual’ projection right onto the patient, exactly where the operator would like to be concentrating.

Price it right, and they will come.

via MedGadget

Blogborygmi and his Fellow Travellers

Nick brought home a really weird gift on his way back from Greece: A terrorist!  (Er, ‘alleged terrorist’).  He tells it better: Blogborygmi.