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Cup of Coffee

A False Alarm

There aren’t too many times that the staff gets the giggles when a patient’s monitor shows ventricular tachycardia. Normally, there is a flurry of activity while everyone wheels a code cart into a patient’s room ready to deliver lifesaving shocks. So when the new nurse was halfway through her second day working in the ED, she couldn’t believe how calm the staff was when the cardiac monitor began alarming in Room 8. Room 8 was Clarence. He had dementia and ...

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I Remember You

By Birdstrike M.D.   I walk out of the patient room.  My eyes stare at the computer screen.  I’m behind, way behind.  I roll my head on my neck.  My neck feels tense, and I have a headache.  It’s been a long week.  I need a vacation.  Hurry up, click-click-click this computer, I think to myself.  Dammit, is this EMR really freezing up again? I look up.  A man walks out of a patient room across the hall.  Our eyes ...

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Getty Images has earned a reputation as a copyright troll for demanding hundreds to thousands of dollars in licensing fees and penalties from bloggers and other web sites that use a Getty photo without a license. Getty uses a search engine that scours all of the pictures on the internet looking for copyright infringers, then sends off demand letters to anyone flagged in its system. At least one law firm has fought back, suing Getty to get a court declaration that ...

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