For the last two weeks I've been back in Loma Linda completing my required Emergency Medicine rotation of 4th year. It has been an interesting change of pace from the last 6 months which was filled with Internal Medicine and IM related fields. The pace of the first day in the ER was a bit of a jolt but it's been a good two weeks. I've seen quite a few interesting patients. The first patient I saw was a pretty classic presentation of acute appendicitis. CT confirmed the appy and he went to surgery that night. Some of the other stuff I've seen in the past two weeks includes...
1. Multiple fractures including a patient who had a complete transverse femur fracture.
2. Multiple patients with chest pain, none of whom were having a heart attack.
3. A patient without chest pain who was having a STEMI (heart attack.)
4. Parkinson's disease decompensation
5. A needle stick injury to a healthcare worker
6. Crohn's disease exacerbation
7. A kid with the flu
9. A kid with an asthma attack
10. A kid with croup
12. A good number of patients with various pains without obvious diagnoses.