April, 2006 Archive

April 27, 2006, 11:27 pm

My Bad

Well, she was pretty stupid!

And so was I.

I let my PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certification lapse by one freakin’ month so I have to take the entire two day course.

Blah, blah, blah.

Except now they tell us that sometime in June the American Heart Association is going to announce drastic changes in their CPR recommendations.

So everything I am (re)learning now will be obsolete.

Rumor has it they will change compression ratios!

Rumor has it they will no longer recommend stacked shocks for defib!

And my friend, Lidocaine, is being pushed even farther down the lifesaving algorithm!

Oh the horror! The Horror!

The moral of the story: don’t let your certification lapse. Then you can do a four hour recertification instead of two eight-hour days of monotonous repetition.

Personal opinion? I think the AHA does this on purpose so that once every so many years everyone has to take the two day course and buy the new book.


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April 26, 2006, 3:57 pm

First of May: Blogging Against Disablism Day

Boy, ads like this are right up my alley!

I swear I was born 30 years too late.

This would have recruited me into nursing faster than you could say “Florence Nightingale”.

Even if she does suffer from “flat cap syndrome”.

And it’s an ad for Pepperell sheets, of all things.


On May 1st, I will be joining over seventy other bloggers in what I believe is the first “Blogging Against Disablism Day“.

I first discovered the link via Mary over at The Mote in the Light and my first thought was that I had little to offer. Then I began to realize, via personal experience, that not all disabilities are visible.

So what exactly is “disablism”?

This post at The Perorations of Lady Bracknell puts it rather succinctly.

You don’t have to be disabled to join the ranks of those blogging on this topic on May 1st. The only thing that separates those who are disabled and those who are not can be something as simple as a glance away from the road…

….the Lady tells it much better than I ever could.

Do read the links.

You will be inspired.

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April 25, 2006, 12:34 am

The Effect of Linkage on the Medical Blogosphere as it Relates to New Websites


You expected a peer-reviewed dissertation on the above topic?

Nah, I just wanted to remind everyone who links to Emergiblog to make sure that they have reset their links to www.emergiblog.com.

Now that I have both Technorati and the TTLB ecosystem recognizing the new web address, the links only count if they come directly here.

And please check out my link list. If you are not there it is probably an oversight, which can be easily rectified.

As James Lileks likes to say, thanks! And I appreciate your patronage!

Oh, as you can see, the above shot comes from Stuff On My Cat probably the funniest site for cat photos on the web. We’re talking “laugh out loud” funny. If you love cats, that is!

Although, if it weren’t for the stethoscope I might have thought this cat was dressed as the Pope!

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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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