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Earlier this fall EPI interviewed Dr. Michelle Niescierenko, a pediatric EP who works for Boston Childrens Hospital and spends about four months a year in Liberia, and Dr. Pranav Shetty, the Emergency Health Coordinator for International Medical Corps.
As darkness falls, a swarm of insects descends upon our Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) deep in the heart of rural Liberia.
International healthcare volunteerism is growing, and along with it the opportunity for medical errors. The legal framework governing medical volunteering is unclear and varies between legal jurisdictions. Evidence suggests that the incidence of a practitioner being held liable for medical malpractice is increasing. Despite this, the availability of malpractice insurance is limited.
While it can be easy for emergency physicians to focus on the physical wounds in need of immediate attention, psychological harm caused by traumatic events can be just as detrimental, both for patients and caregivers. Here’s a primer on why psychological first-aid should be an essential part of any disaster relief effort.
Craig Spencer's Rwandan fellowship project gives insight into the value for reliable data and the need for experienced local partners. These photos were taken during the project.
Scrubs: check. Gum boots: check. Gloves: check. Tychem suit: check. Mask: check. Hood: check. Apron: check. Goggles: check. Gloves again: check. “Ready?” I ask the Liberian nurse assisting me. She shakes her head and grabs a small strip of duct tape, covering the space between my hood and goggles where a thin slice of skin was showing. “Now ready,” she replies.
Whether you are a bona fide ‘surfing doctor’ or just an emergency physician visiting the beach, here are a few pieces of core knowledge for medical emergencies on the water.
Larshan Perinpam and Anh-Nhi Thi Huynh, co-founders of the International Student Association of Emergency Medicine, prove that developing EM starts with medical school interest groups.
Want to learn how to better lead your emergency department? Consider putting down your stethoscope and picking up a conductor's baton.
Austere, remote, and disaster medicine missions—what to do, and how to get home alive.
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