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Domestic Violence Abuse – How to Get Out of an Abusive Situation

Introduction Remember: You are not to blame, and you need not face domestic violence alone. How would you escape eminent domestic violent abuse?. This is the third post in a Straig
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 21, 2018

Identifying Risks of Domestic Violence

Introduction Lower your risks of domestic violence. Today we point to knowledge as the key to preventing potential life-threatening episodes in the household. This is the second i
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 20, 2018

Focus on Domestic Violence

Introduction October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, although it doesn’t take a break during other months. Are you concerned about domestic violence? Probably, you shou
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 19, 2018

Concussion, Part II

Your son is a star in Friday Night Lights (actually football, not the TV show) and has been concussed.  Amazingly, the most common question I get asked is not “Will he be ok
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 22, 2018

Concussions, Part I

It’s probably not a coincidence that National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month occurs at the same time as the onset of the NFL season in the U.S. However, it’s a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 21, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Roof Is On Fire – The Trauma of Residential Fires

As Trauma Week winds down on Straight, No Chaser, we work our way back home, which sadly is the site of most traumatic injuries.  In fact, about 85% of all U.S. fire deaths occur
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 27, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Questions You Should Ask When You Have a Laceration

I wonder if any of us avoid lacerations over the course of our lives. It seems that everyone I know or every patient I have cared for has a scar and a story to accompany it. Fortun
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 11, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: How to Survive a Motor Vehicle Collision

  As you drive the expressways of some cities, you can now see signs displaying how many traffic deaths have occurred during the year. I’m sure the purpose of these a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 10, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Motor Vehicle Crashes – Risky Behaviors, Injuries and Prevention

  ‘Tis not our task to preach but to inform. Maybe you think you’ve heard it all before, but let me lay it all out for you so you can truly be an informed consumer. Forew
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 9, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Role of Gunshot Wounds in a Nation at War with Itself

Apparently there is going to be an ongoing need to address this… Somewhere in the midst of reconciling the parts of me that are physician, public health professional and Afr
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 7, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Avoiding Summertime Sports Injuries

It’s not just kids that get injured in the summer having fun. Those of you weekend warriors, recreational and actual athletes are very much at risk also. Now, professional at
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 5, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Fireworks Safety

For many, the Fourth of July is a time of celebration, happiness and creation of good family memories. In the emergency room it’s one of the two worst days to have to work (exclu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 3, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Your Questions About Gunshots and Stab Wounds

There has been a lot going on in the news this entire year related to trauma, particularly gunshot wounds. This Straight, No Chaser answers your questions related to penetrating
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 30, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Penetrating Trauma (Gunshot and Stab Wounds)

Penetrating trauma (PT) is of such magnitude in this country that it is nearly impossible to do it justice in short form. This is primarily a medical blog, and as such I’ll defer
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 29, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Do’s and Don’ts of Treating Electrical Injuries

In a previous Straight, No Chaser, we discussed the “what” of electrical injuries and lightning. In this post, we discuss the “what-to-do” and “what-not-to-do” if and
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 28, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Syndrome

TMJ. Those of you who have TMJ syndrome are likely already shaking your head in understanding. Those of you who don’t, be thankful. Take the advice of those who do and read this
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 14, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Broken Fingers

Don’t the tips of your fingers drive you nuts? Our leading edges cause so much drama for us. We’ve previously discussed injuries to nails and nail beds, but many of you who wor
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 9, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Broken Noses (Nasal Fractures)

It’s curious how many patients with broken noses come into the emergency room smiling. Usually they’re kids whose parents “just want to be sure.” In these cases not mu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 8, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Reacting to Broken or Dislocated Jaws

Should you ever suffer the misfortune of getting hit or falling onto your jaw, would you know what to do? Trauma to the jaw is more dangerous than you might imagine. The risk for b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 6, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Kids Summer Fun Gone Wrong – Trampoline & Hover Board Trauma

With the recent  holiday weekend behind us, let me share a story…. It starts with me back in the emergency room with a little girl who looks like her forearm is going to fal
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 1, 2018
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