Ultrasound Guided Placement of Percutaneous Chest Tube

2016-10-13T18:16:43-05:00September 20th, 2012|Procedures|

When placing a percutaneous chest tube into a small pneumothorax, it is easy to enter the lung parenchyma instead of the pleural cavity. This not only interferes with the placement of the chest tube, it can cause parenchymal damage, pulmonary contusion and hemorrhage. I have been u

Katz extractor for ear or nose foreign bodies

2016-10-13T18:16:43-05:00September 19th, 2012|Procedures|

I have come to really like these devices for removing foreign bodies. When combined with an operating otoscope or a nasal speculum, it makes removing most any foreign body a trivial exercise. Give them a try next time instead of reaching for the alligator forceps.

HCMC debuts new Hyperbaric Chamber

2016-10-13T18:16:43-05:00July 17th, 2012|Procedures|

The first emergency dives at the new HCMC Hyperbaric Chamber were conducted successfully this last week. I was able to severe as the attendant for two of the dives, and there are countless patient centered improvements.