Angelica archangelica


Also known as wild celery, this medicinal herb was a favorite for Colonists to the Americas from Britain. Used for thousands of years by medical practitioners on both sides of the pond, this herb has been advertised as, essentially, a cure all. Current scientific studies have not supported such wide ranging uses. However, there are…

Pre-Hospital Care in Mass Casualty Shootings


You will likely recognize the above picture as a CAT tourniquet. As programs such as Stop The Bleed and others have focused on the use of tourniquets in the field, these have become a popular item for most to carry in our kits. This is for good reason too. Studies and data coming from military…

Zika—Don’t forget about this viral illness


As with most stories that make a splash into the headlines, Zika virus had its 15 minutes of fame, but has since seemed to fade into the arena of “old news”. So, as the intrepid traveler, is this an infection you should be worrying about or was this just a story for a news starved…

Be prepared for travel


I have updated and am republishing the following blog post as it remains pertinent and should stay top of mind. Please send any questions to me in the comments and feel free to share your own tips there as well. Planning your trip of a lifetime? Or just a short getaway in a far away…

Wilderness Texting


On a recent adventure into the Colorado wilderness, we came along the note above. One hiker was communicating to the group that they were taking an alternate route and would meet them at base camp in a few days. While this may seem unusual in today’s world of text messages and wide cell phone coverage,…

Off Roading


There are so many different ways we can get out into the wilderness. Hiking, backpacking, skiing, running… You name it. As long as it is in the wild it is a wilderness sport or activity. With any such sport or activity there also comes risks and the need to be prepared. As we are currently…

Patient Teachings


We should all continue to learn whether in books, magazines, blogs or by listening to the patients we serve every day. I recently had a chance to learn something from such a patient and I wanted to share this with others.  This patient had to endure several days of not knowing where her life would…

Twitter Depression


Twitter can often be such a great source of inspiration. In less than 140 characters, you can read inspiring quotes and see beautiful scenery. You can be refreshed and energized. Then, there are the days that you just get discouraged by what you see and read. I am speaking of the HIMSS conference and the…

Moving to Quality


  Not very long ago the scarificator (shown above) was considered at the height of technology. With this device, it was easier to produce the healing effects that were widely known to come from blood-letting. Had there been health insurance companies at the time, I presume there would have been an acceptable billing and procedure…

Be An Advocate


I have recently been reminded of how important it is for each of us to advocate for our loved ones. While we all expect that we will receive the absolute best care possible in our doctor’s office or the hospital, there can and are errors that happen every day. These errors are, almost entirely, unintentional….