Turns out I wasn’t dying of COVID-19 after all. I was using my pulse oximeter the wrong way.
This spring, our daughter insisted that my husband and I, both in our 60s, get the latest weapon in the fight against the novel coronavirus: the pulse oximeter, a device that can measure the level of oxygen in the blood. Recent reports have shown that a lower-than-healthy level of oxygen saturation in the blood can be an early predictor of covid-related pneumonia, even in those with mild symptoms.Source: Washington Post
What is Hyperthermia? Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments You Need to Know
Though it's usually welcomed after long winters, summertime—and the hot temperatures that come with it—can pose some pretty significant health risks. And if you're planning on spending time outside right now in excessive heat, it's essential to educate yourself about heat-related illnesses, commonly known as hyperthermia.Source: Health
Hwang, newly appointed Emergency Medicine faculty receives NIA IMPACT grant
The Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) is pleased to announce that recently appointed DEM faculty, Ula Hwang, MD, MPH, received a National Institute on Aging (NIA) Imbedded Pragmatic Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory grant for her project, “Pathway to Detection & Differentiation of Delirium & Dementia in the ED (PD4ED)”. Connecting geriatrics, emergency care, outpatient care, and dementia evaluation, PD4ED will study whether care of the older adult population, many who might have cognitive impairment, can be improved when they interface with the emergency department.
What Are Heat Cramps? Everything You Need to Know About Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
As temperatures rise during the summer, so do instances of heat-related illnesses. While they are often on a spectrum of severity—with heat stroke as the most severe and heat rash labeled as less severe—it's still important to know about any ailment you might fall victim to due to high temperatures this season and what you can do about it.Source: Health
Emergency Medicine Faculty Member Receives 2020 Alvan R. Feinstein Award
Rachel Liu, MD is the recipient of the 2020 Alvan R. Feinstein Award, given each year to the faculty member who is chosen as the outstanding teacher of clinical skills by a committee consisting of clinical department chairs, faculty members and students.
Sharon Chekijian, M.D. '01, M.P.H. '11 receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Republic of Armenia for emergency systems and curricular development
The Yale Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) is pleased to announce that Sharon Anoush Chekijian, MD '01, MPH '11, has received a J. William Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for her work in emergency systems and curricular development in the Republic of Armenia.
Please Don’t Avoid the Emergency Room
mid the Covid-19 pandemic, heart attacks, strokes, and even appendicitis continue to plague thousands of Americans. For many of these, minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Still, as people continue to practice social distancing and hear stories of overwhelmed emergency rooms, many are hesitant to go to the ER despite warning signs.Source: Medium
What’s being done to ease patients’ fear of COVID in emergency departments
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Emergency departments across the country are seeing a dramatic decrease in the number of non-coronavirus patients coming in for treatment. Doctors say if it’s a true emergency, they want to see you.Source: WTNH
What to Do If You Have a Non-Coronavirus Health Emergency
“This is not a good time to need stitches,” Maria G., a 26-year-old Californian, tells SELF. She’s speaking from experience. Maria recently had to go to the emergency room after cutting her hand while using a knife to open a package. The cut was deep. So deep, in fact, that she knew she needed immediate medical attention. “I was so scared that I might catch coronavirus, so I almost didn’t go [to the emergency room],” she says. “If it wasn’t such a deep cut, I definitely wouldn’t have.”Source: Self
Yale Experts Discuss "Caring While Keeping Safe" During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The scientists and clinicians at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and the Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) have performed herculean feats, and also faced daunting obstacles, as they work to tame the COVID-19 pandemic in Connecticut.
COVID-19 spread in prisons could overwhelm Connecticut hospitals
Hospitals across Connecticut are preparing for an onslaught of patients infected with the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. For individuals in the general population, with the ability to self-isolate, maintain a sanitary environment and proactively seek health care, the virus is concerning enough.Source: Hartford Courant
The Right Way to Wash Your Hands: How Doctors Do It
It may be the most frequently repeated advice for avoiding illness—especially during the coronavirus pandemic—and it’s a simple one: Wash your hands. “Among the many infection prevention practices available to doctors, good handwashing has made the single biggest impact on infection transmission and resulted in savings millions of lives,” says Arjun Venkatesh, MD, MBA, MHS, a Yale Medicine emergency medicine specialist.Source: Yale Medicine
WomenLift Health selects Ngaruiya as 1 of 24 Women Leaders in Global Health
Briefly describe the highlights of your work experience: What are you passionate about? Beatrice was small in stature, but her size belied the energy that radiated from within, an energy that eclipsed a history mired by marked challenges that had landed her in the heart of the Midwest as a refugee from Burundi.Source: WomenLift Health