Archives for April 14, 2008

Newsweek: Top 10 First Aid Mistakes Thank heavens for emergency rooms. But sometimes the first aid measures taken on the scene before a patient arrives at the hospital can make all the difference, especially if the ER is crowded. (On average you’ll wait 45 minutes before seeing a doctor, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and longer in urban centers.)

We asked two experts, Dr. Tom Scaletta, the outgoing president of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, and Denise King, president of the Emergency Nurses Association, to identify the 10 most common first aid mistakes—and what you should do instead.

Not bad as generic advice goes; interesting that all but one end in “go to the ER”. Even the one that needs a dentist.

Quote of the day

Tonight’s comes from some EMS colleagues, while describing a patients’ eyes during a seizure:

“He’s got a conjugal gaze”.

Now, I’ve been on both sides of the conjugal gaze, and it has never involved a seizure. So far as I know.

The actual term is conjugate, by the way.