First Aid & Health

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, emergency treatment or formal first-aid training. Don’t use this information to diagnose or develop a treatment plan for a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified health care provider. If you’re in a life-threatening or emergency medical situation, seek medical assistance immediately.

Intimate Partner Violence

Every 6 days a woman is killed at the hands of her partner. Victims of intimate partner violence and domestic violence that we see in the ED typically involve an abuse story of repeated escalating violence over time that ends up in a crisis situation.

Universal Screening for Intimate Partner Violence

Start with a normalizing statement

“Because violence is so common in many women’s lives and because there’s help available for women being abused, I now ask every patient about domestic violence.”

The Partner Violence Screen

  1. Have you been hit, kicked, slapped, punched or otherwise hurt by someone in the past year?
  2. Do you feel safe in your current relationship?
  3. Is there a partner from a previous relationship who is making you feel unsafe now?

Topical NSAIDS

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Topical NSAIDs provide good levels of pain relief in acute conditions such as sprains, strains and overuse injuries, probably similar to that provided by oral NSAIDs.

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A B C Diaper Dermatitis E…

The ABCDEs of Diaper Dermatitis Management [Klunk, 2014]

  • Air
    • Take the diaper off!
  • Barrier
    • First line therapies are typically non-medicated barrier creams.
    • Using simple petroleum product (ex, Vasoline) on top of the cream to prevent the barrier cream from sticking to the diaper.
  • Cleansing
    • Important to keep the area clean, but to use soaps with near-physiology pH levels.
    • Important to avoid scrubbing or over-cleaning.
  • Diaper
    • Frequent diaper changes (ie, every 2 hours) can help reduce time spent in a moist environment.
  • Education
    • Avoid potentially hazardous therapies:
      • Powders (ex, Talc, Baby Powder)
      • High-dose steroids (can become too potent in the occluded diaper region)
 
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