January, 2008 Archive

January 28, 2008, 8:30 pm

Grand Rounds: Volume 4, No. 19


Welcome to this week’s edition of Grand Rounds, compiling the best of the medical blogosphere into one post for your reading pleasure!

All submissions were included, despite some issues with my .mac email – I shall discuss this with Steve Jobs the next time I see him!

Emergiblog is proud to host Grand Rounds for the third time, and many thanks to Nicholas Genes for allowing me to take it on one more time!

The guys in the photo? They are the Beatles and they are providing the (rather loose) theme for this week. A splendid time is guaranteed for all…



ER Nursey challenges us to take a good look in the mirror as we bemoan an all too common problem in the emergency department. Find out what (and who) contributes to this issue in This Sucks the Life Out of Me.

Mother Jones wonders where the boundaries of behavior for children went in this all-too-scary look at Evil Children at Nurse Ratched’s Place. Check out the want ad from the world’s meanest mom!

Nurse Sean describes the emotional pain of watching a patient suffer and being unable to help in Inconsolable.

Monash Medical Student Jeffrey reflects on and chronicles his Cambodia Medical Mission Trip. Routine exams in a not-so-routine location!



Was Health Ledger Snoring or Was It Something Worse? Doc Gurley gives tips on how to distinguish a snore from an airway problem, and how to help someone you suspect is having breathing issues.

Peggikaye at Pearls and Dreams makes a contract to help herself heal in Letter to My Body. Important reading for anyone who has ever taken their health for granted.

Got a bad habit you would like to change? Well, we’re in luck! How to Cope With Pain is starting A Contest To Help You Change Any Habit. While pain management is a big focus, any habit you’d like to change will count. Some of us (who, me?) would do well to click the link and get started! Pretty cool prize, too!

Amy over at Diabetes Mine may be the Queen of the Bloggers, but a certain title takes on a different meaning in Just Call Me Your Highness! She’d also like to know what lancing device (or “pricker”) you use and reviews two pretty cool new lancet devices. See them in Alternative Prickers . (Maybe I’m sleep deprived but that title is making me giggle like Beavis and Butthead.) Oh, and congratulations to Amy for making the homepage of Newsweek with her essay A Healing Blog!

David at Health Business Blog submits a transcript of an Interview with Ben Heywood, CEO of PatientsLikeMe, a social networking site for patients with life threatening diseases. It sounds like a very dynamic site with impressive numbers of patients participating!



Local internist Dr. Toni from EverythingHealth checks in with two submissions this week. The first asks that all important question IQ: Why Do Men Think They Are Smarter? (I’m waiting for an answer, guys!). And on a totally different topic, did you know that the main way of preventing diarrhea resides right in your house? Check out Handwashing Reduces Diarrhea.

David from Healthblawg attended the Northeast Corridor Health 2.0 conference in Cambridge and blogs about it here at Health 2.0, Offline and in the Flesh. I missed the one in San Francisco, apparently the next one is in San Diego!

Ah, puppy love. No, it’s not just a song by Paul Anka (or Donny Osmond!). Rita at MSSP Nexus gives the real definition in Puppy Love in the Hospital Hallways.



Congratulations to the bloggers at NY Emergency Medicine for winning the 2007 Medgadget award for Best Clinical Sciences! Not all war casualties are physical. In his NY Emergency Medicine column, Shrinking the News, Peter Sheehy discusses the poor state of psychiatric care for our Iraq war veterans in A Debt That Haunts.

Barbara muses over an article noting that Fighting With Your Spouse Can Help You Live Longer. This is one you may want to put on the refrigerator and you can find it over at In Sickness and in Health.



Sgt Pepper is considered to be the Beatles’ masterpiece, and here are a few of the “masterpieces” of this GR edition.

Whether or not you are a physician, FineArtDoctor at In My Humble Opinion writes a beautiful essay on why he still chooses to practice medicine in Why I Am Still A Physician. You’ll find inspiration in it no matter what your profession.

In her blog Tales of My Thirties, Rachel gives us a poignant look at diabetes from the eyes of a child in So Much More Than Diabetes.

Geena at Code Blog discovers a certain chain of stores known for their low prices and smilie-face mascot offers Cheap Drugs. A boon for the uninsured or an undercutting of regular pharmacies?

Susan at Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good recognizes the good that medicine can accomplish, but wonders what happens When Medicine Gets in Its Own Way?



This week in her NY Emergency Medicine column Short Coat, Alexandra discusses traveling through the magical mystery tour of 2008 and what this year holds for her in A (Happy) New Year. Let’s just say it’s going to be a big one and she could use some encouragement!

Nothing quite defines a “mystery tour” as your first introduction into psychiatry. Vitum Medicinus learns How To Clean Your Brain from a very unusual source!

Medical student Jeffrey stands in awe of human awareness in Picking Apart My Brain, found at his blog Jeffery, MD. I may never look at jello the same again!



Kerri at Six Until Me is fed up and she is letting the offending party know it! She’s also letting us read An Open Letter To the Edges.

When it comes to colds, is there a “normal” number? Allergy Notes says yes! Find out how many in How Many Respiratory Infections Are Normal in Children. And while you’re there, check out this Mnemonic for Different Causes of Cough: BAD CAT TOM.

Clinical Cases and Images reports on the “new” NEJM in NEJM is a Journey (Only) No More. Many new interactive features are discussed with links to check it out!

Alvaro at the always educational Sharp Brains submits a post looking at how neuroimaging and the brain reserve theory support the value of education, lifelong learning and stimulating hobbies in Looking Inside the Brain: Is My Brain Fit? A second post examines the promising, but unproven, value of neurofeedback for kids with ADHD: How Strong Is the Research Support for Neurofeedback Treatment in Attention Deficits?



Medicine will never “let it be” when it comes to disease (how’s that for a stretch of theme?).

The word on the cancer front is very encouraging! Walter at Highlight HEALTH describes the Top 6 Most Important Cancer Advances of 2007.

Dr. Emer discusses the dreaded dengue virus in Herbal Cure for Dengue? He also offered to host Change of Shift, joining Fat Doctor and Dr. Anonymous in the ranks of “Docs Who Have Hosted!” Hey Dr. Emer, I’ll have my people call your people!

GrrlScientist from Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted) is back at Grand Rounds with a look at stem cell use in Stem Cell Treatments Offer Hope to Injured Horses, a research study with human implications!

What caused the Black Plague? Tara at Aetiology offers a comprehensive series looking at this very topic.

If you’ve ever read “The Hot Zone”, you know how frightening the ebola virus can be. Ed at Not Exactly Rocket Science discusses studying the virus in Editing Ebola – How To Tame One of the World’s Deadliest Viruses



This marks “The End” of this edition of Grand Rounds.

Next week, our host will be Amy at Diabetes Mine, so be sure to write “Something” so that we can all “Come Together” next week!

In the spirit of the Beatles theme, I leave you with the link to the Abbey Road webcam!

Thanks for visiting!

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January 24, 2008, 12:06 pm

In Appreciation: NurseConnect


You have probably seen this logo on a few nurse blogs lately.

Actually, you can see it on the sidebar right here at Emergiblog. NurseConnect has been an advertiser here on Emergiblog for awhile now.

I am writing this post in appreciation for their continued support (other than the fact that NurseConnect advertises on Emergiblog, I receive no additional compensation for this review/post).


NurseConnect is a nursing networking site and online community. It is run by AMN Healthcare, a travel nurse company.

The site offers articles, blogs, forums (by specialty) and educational/job resource information. I joined the Emergency Nursing forum and put a bio up today.

The site is clean, professional, easy to navigate and packed with info. You can review a facility (not anonymously) or even an entire city (I gave a big thumbs up to the San Francisco area!)

You never know what you are going to find, one link leads to many others – personally, I just discovered there are BSN – PhD programs out there. That was news to me!

You don’t have to be a travel nurse to enjoy the site! There are so many things to review and so many things to read – you can browse quickly for interesting topics or spend some time on specific topics. They have three bloggers, one of whom is the administrator of the site – enjoyed that blog immensely.

As with all forums, it’s the members that make it great, so don’t be shy! Visit the site and add your opinions to the mix!

And many thanks to NurseConnect for choosing Emergiblog!

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8:24 am

Change of Shift Gets “Pixelated”


…is up over at PixelRN ! Check out Beth’s new template and some great nursing blogs at the same time!

Many thanks to Beth for hosting! Next week, Change of Shift will be at Nursing Voices, the premier nursing forum (not that I’m partial or anything!)

I’m putting it together so all submissions can come to “kmcallister911 at mac dot com”.

Oh, and while you’re at it, you can also send your Grand Rounds submissions to me, too.

Emergiblog is hosting next Tuesday!


Yahoo mail has an interesting set up. The “delete” button is right next to the “Check All” button.

So this morning I accidentally deleted 80% of my “Change of Shift” mailing list and had to rebuild it.

Some folks may have gotten double posts or no posts – if you would like to be on the list, send me a line. If you would like to be off the list, just let me know

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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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