Vivid Language in the Emergency Department

June 2, 2010

“You need to put her under — deeply — and basically recreate the injury. Don’t be wimpy about it: you have to go medieval on her. There’ll be a nasty crunch as you complete the ulnar fracture; don’t worry about that. Make sure you have the parents sitting down or out of the room.”

Dr. Shadowfax talks about the value of using really vivid, colourful language when giving directions in the ER. Maybe it’s not for you if you’re squeamish, but I enjoyed this post.

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Piano duet for the elderly

November 4, 2009

This is Fran & Marlo Cowan (married 62 years), playing an impromptu piano recital together in the atrium of the Mayo Clinic.
Via Nurse K (wicked Emergency Medicine blog, by the way, worth checking out. I’m pretty sure the writers of Showtime’s excellent Nurse Jackie read this blog and used Nurse K as inspiration for Edie Falco’s character.)