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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

Straight, No Chaser: Learning the Risks and Signs of Abusive Head Trauma

This part of the conversation is not about spanking. It’s not even about abuse. It’s about learning who is most likely to cause harm to your child, intended or not, and what pl
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 25, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Abusive Head Trauma aka Shaken Baby Syndrome

The discussion regarding the line between parental discipline and child abuse has proven to be a passionate one. Without wading into opinions, let me elaborate and give a concrete
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 24, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Emotional Signs of Child Abuse

In a previous Straight, No Chaser, we provided a pictorial demonstration of the physical signs of child abuse. Unfortunately for many, the emotional signs are even more dangerou
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 23, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Physical Signs of Child Abuse

Given how often this topic is in the news, we must continue to drill certain points home. This Straight, No Chaser provides visual examples of the consequences of child abuse. A
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 22, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Recognizing Sexual Abuse in Children

Child. Sexual. Abuse. Those words shouldn’t go together, even on a computer screen. According to the most recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Child Abuse Repo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 21, 2018
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