Archives for March 2009

iPhone display of this blog

I have installed a plugin for WordPress that displays the blog contents on the iPhone on a more user-friendly way.  If you don’t like it you can click the link at the very bottom of the page and get the full view.

I’d be interested in iPhone users’ comments.

Wonder what a G-LOC looks like?

Wonder no more.  A G induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) happens when the brain stops getting oxygen due to an inability of the cardiovascular system to pump blood against the force of several gravities.

Fighter planes pulling G’s can cause it, and our pilots are trained (and equipped) to try and avoid the blackout.  Civilian riders don’t do as well at 7 G’s.

Enter our intrepid reporter from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, getting to ride backseat in a Blue Angels F-18.  Good video of his blackouts, and he comes across as a fun guy.

via Aerospace Genius.

A pestle-packin’ marshal hits town (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

A pestle-packin’ marshal hits town (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
He cracked drug crime, arrested armed villains and won a medal for valour. Every day he got tooled up with two .45 automatic revolvers and sometimes took along a pump-action shotgun.

It’s a good story, and I like it.  Unfortunately it was written by someone who thinks a .45 automatic is a revolver.  Aah, well.

Layers of editors and fact-checking.

Is there a doctor in the house?: And I was doing so well

Is there a doctor in the house?: And I was doing so well
Just so you know, I had a really great post planned. It was about how I was doing so well lately….

This is the best written doctor blog on the internet, because it’s raw and real.  (I think).  It’s also like watching an accident happen, except it’s not an accident.  It’s painful, and moving.

Safe for work, but maybe not your psyche.

Attention ABEM Diplomates

The 2006 LLSA closes March 31st.

That is all.

ACEP’s Letter to the Editor

ACEP’s president wrote a letter to the editor of the Washington Times, but apparently meant it for President Obama.  It’s good, but one paragraph must’ve gotten mangled in the printing:

…We cannot have a complete conversation about health care reform without focusing on the need to shore up emergency departments across this country. They are vastly overcrowded and have provided too few mandates and too few resources. The problem is only getting worse as this economic crisis deepens.

Too few mandates isn’t the problem.  I think it should have read ‘…have been given too many mandates but not enough resources…” which makes more sense than a complaint there aren’t enough mandates (there are).

The writer is completely correct otherwise.

Google Map Fail

Newsflash: you cannot believe everything on the internet!



Yes, that’s really what appeared.  I moved it over to get the screen cap, but that’s the only change.

Running a hospital: Maybe two out of three?

Running a hospital: Maybe two out of three?

Dr. Levy has a good analysis here, coupled with the Mass. experiment.  (I didn’t know costs went up)!

Evidence Based Medicine assumes the Evidence is there

Top Pain Scientist Fabricated Data in Studies, Hospital Says –
A prominent Massachusetts anesthesiologist allegedly fabricated 21 medical studies that claimed to show benefits from painkillers like Vioxx and Celebrex, according to the hospital where he worked.

Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass., said that its former chief of acute pain, Scott S. Reuben, had faked data used in the studies, which were published in several anesthesiology journals between 1996 and 2008.

Holy moly.  Bad evidence is worse than none.

A guy who really reads the literature (Joe Lex from Temple in Philly) tells me that the major impediment to EBM is that most of the literature is crap.  Here’s some verification of that.

iPhone weirdness, ATT & wrong numbers

I’m throwing this out there hoping someone has a solution.

Since I got my new iPhone several months ago it’ll go through periods where it gets a lot of wrong number calls.  After several weeks of this I started asking people the number they were calling, and that’s where the weirdness comes in.

(For illustration, this isn’t my number, don’t call).  My number is (817) 555-1234’ all the wrong number calls are for (555) 123-4xxx.  For some reason the Bell system forgets my area code and drops in the middle three as my area code.

After about 10 calls from one person we figured out a fix, having the wrong number dialer enter a 1 before they dialed, and they’d get the number they were dialing.  I suppose the good news is there’s only about 1,000 wrong number combinations I could get…

I have asked AT&T to look into it (to his credit the tech I spoke with realized it’s not something amenable to the first-level tech script, and spared me that), but I haven’t seen a change and haven’t heard back from them.

Other than getting a new number from AT&T, any ideas?

The Periodic Table of Awesomeness

Awesomely here.


Via the Aerospace Genius.

Texas College of Emergency Physicians

Texas College of Emergency Physicians has a new website, it’s good looking and easy to navigate.

They sent me a temporary login and temp password, so I went to fill in the information.  I didn’t finish.  Way too many ‘required’ fields in their registration section.  It’s really none of their business what hospital I’m practicing at, but I’d have to fill all of that in, with phone numbers and zip codes, to be an online member.

Not today.

From The Speculist: When Engineers Have Pets

Should really be when engineers have dogs, as no cat on earth would play with this.

Still, very cool!:


Note the dog understands which action of the machine means ‘game on’ and which doesn’t.

The Speculist, via Instapundit.

Sippican Cottage: My Father Asks For Nothing

Sippican Cottage: My Father Asks For Nothing

I cannot imagine a better epitaph.

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Finnish Emergency Medicine: An American’s Experience

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Finnish Emergency Medicine: An American’s Experience
Instead, as I was walking to the ferry, I fell on the ice and broke my right wrist.

An excellent tale of an unexpected visit to an ED in Finland by a non-Finn.  Sounds like things went very well, and many wishes for a speedy recovery.