December, 2005 Archive

December 13, 2005, 5:06 am

For Your Information


Thanks to The Medical Network Blog, I linked to Dr. Lei at Genetics and Public Health.

She encourages medical/health bloggers to answer the following questions recommended by The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

The purpose of the questions is to give the readers of medical/health related blogs the ability to evaluate what they are reading.

The responses for Emergiblog are as follows:

1. Who runs this site?

Emergiblog is run by Kim, a registered nurse with an ADN degree and (currently) 28 years experience who has spent the last 15 years working in emergency departments.

2. Who pays for the site?

The site is provided to me through Three:Twenty Interactive, run by Shane Pike. I use WordPress for the blog and linking.

Shane maintains the “look” of the site; I have total control over the content.

I, as well as my webmaster Shane, receive renumeration from the ad links and actual contracts with specific companies arranged through Three:Twenty Interactive.

I have no financial interest in any of these companies, other than what they pay me to advertise on my site. As of this time, I have not received any gifts from any companies that advertise on Emergiblog.

3. What is the purpose of the site?

The purpose of Emergiblog is to give me a forum to discuss my experiences as a nurse in the emergency department and other topics related to nursing.

4. Where does the information come from?

It comes from my 28 years of nursing experience.

The majority of my posting is anecdotal.

All patients, staff and hospitals are either composites or have identifying information concealed or altered to allow for patient confidentiality.

If you think you recognize someone on the site, you are mistaken.

When applicable, links to information sources are given.

5. What is the basis of the information?

Please refer to question number four.

6. How is the information selected?

The postings are based on what I want to write about and what I feel will be interesting to read.

7. How current is the information?

It could be as current as my last shift or as long ago as my childhood.

8. How does the site choose links to other sites?

My links are based solely on sites I have read and found interesting.

9. What information about you does the site collect, and why?

The site collects no information about anyone other than what is recorded on the site meters.

That information is used just for my own personal interest in seeing where my readers come from and keeping track of how much traffic Emergiblog generates.

10. How does the site manage interactions with visitors?

Hopefully they comment and I comment back! Spammers are blocked by using special software.

All opinions are welcome and only posts containing profanity would be removed.

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4:29 am

It’s A Grand Tradition at Grand Rounds

Boy, that guy in the middle looks really enthused, eh?

But you will be enthused when you go to visit Grand Rounds, this week hosted by Dr. Derek Lowe over at In the Pipeline

Dr. Derek makes organic chemistry interesting and is the go-to man if you are interested in the science behind drug manufacturing.

Keep the tradition alive and check out Grand Rounds!

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December 11, 2005, 7:27 pm

‘Till Her Daddy Takes The Beamer Away

This chick looks like a gangster’s moll.

Fresh? As opposed to what…stale?

No innuendos here folks, move along…..

What a stupid question. “No, I prefer to dig for my cigarettes in the back of the catch-all drawer on the end table where we keep the latest TV Guide, why do you ask?”

Does tobacco go stale? How can you tell?

I’m no smoker, but it seems to me that if you have to worry about your cigarettes getting stale, you don’t have much of a problem.


In all my years as a nurse, I have never seen an auto accident happen or come across one where there wasn’t anyone on scene already. Until last night.

It’s after 0100. Work was slow; got out early. I’m sitting at a stoplight, singing along with Kelly Clarkson and minding my own business. A jeep is in the lane next to me, waiting for the red to change. Then…

BAM! The jeep goes flying 20 feet into the intersection. Twenty feet! Hey! We still have a red! But wait….there’s a car next to me….it’s a cherry red BMW and the driver is sitting behind an inflated airbag.

I was dialing 911 within 10 seconds of the initial sound. Thank god there was virtually no traffic. I circled around in a parking lot and brought my car up behind the BMW and turned on my flashers, still on the phone with 911 as I went to check on the occupants.

Scene is safe. No traffic, no gasoline smell, no smoke, only steam from what was the front of the BMW. Two drivers, no occupants. Jeep driver is out of car, stunned, ambulatory and frantically looking for her cell phone. BMW driver is sitting in the driver’s seat with her hands on the steering wheel staring straight ahead until I open her door and ask if she is okay. Her first comment was “what happened”? Moves all extremities and denies pain. 911 operator says PD is on the way and we hang up.

It seemed like it took forever for PD to show up, but I know it had to have only been a few minutes. I lent my cell phone to the jeep driver and walked back and forth between the vehicles to make sure they were still okay.

The BMW driver seemed in shock, with a virtually flat affect the entire time. She didn’t want to use the cellphone. Said her father was going to kill her. It was his car. Brand new.

For a reason that was not apparent to anyone on scene, this woman drives at full speed into the back of a car stopped at a red light. Dead-on straight hit. There were two empty lanes to her left, she could have swerved if she needed to. No brakes, no squealing tires….just the sick sound of the impact. Had there been any cross traffic, the jeep would have either broadsided a car or been broadsided by one.

If I had wanted that kind of excitement I could have stayed at work. As it was, I gave the PD my information as I was essentially an eyewitness. Don’t think I’ll be needed, it was pretty cut-and-dried as to what happened.

The odd thing? When I got home I had both neck and lower back pain, as though I had gotten rear-ended.

Now that’s taking empathy a little too far….

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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