3 - THINGS YOU FIND IN THE ER
This Won't Hurt A Bit
A football helmet, wire cutters, alcohol, a metal detector, cocaine and superglue? Sounds like a recipe for disaster. But each of these things can be found in the ER. This episode Jess and Mel quiz Dave on things that you wouldn't expect to find in the ER.
In this episode
- 01:32 - Why would a metal detector be used in the ER?
- 03:29 - Why are wire cutters used in the ER?
- 04:20 - How can doctors get a ring unstuck from a patient's finger?
- 05:14 - What does it mean when someone gets their jaw wired?
- 06:56 - Why would there be super glue in the ER?
- 09:13 - When was one of the first uses of super glue?
- 11:20 - Why is there alcohol in the ER?
- 17:54 - Why does every ER have a football helmet?
- 19:43 - How is sugar used in the ER?
- 23:23 - Why would doctors use cocaine in the ER?
Smash Notes summary for this episode
Why would a metal detector be used in the ER?
It's used in case a patient has swallowed something they shouldn't have, like a ring. Doctors can scan and locate the object with a metal detector. The obvious reason is to make sure there isn't a sketchy person concealing a weapon.
Why are wire cutters used in the ER?
It’s used to cut things off of someone. If a patient has their jaw wired shut, doctors will use the cutters for this circumstance as well.
How can doctors get a ring unstuck from a patient's finger?
There’s a method by using just a piece of string. Using the dremel, it has a metal piece that slides between the ring and the finger, which the the dremel will go on top so it doesn’t injure the patient.
What does it mean when someone gets their jaw wired?
Since bone can’t heal if it’s moving all over the place, doctors put a bunch of plates to put the bone back together. Depending on where the break is, as you open and close your mouth, the bone may not be able to properly heal. Wiring the bone together minimizes the movement for the the bone healing process.
Why would there be super glue in the ER?
Super glue is used to not just stick things together, but doctors can put glue on a q-tip to get what’s stuck inside a little kid’s nose out. It can also be used to get things out of a patient’s ear if a small object is dislodged inside it.
When was one of the first uses of super glue?
It was first tested on the battlefield in Vietnam. It’s used to secure IVs in place, and also to seal the hole of an IV when fluids are extracted from a patient.
Why is there alcohol in the ER?
Different alcohol proofs are used as sterilization methods on skin. Doctors can give people normal alcohol to stop metabolizing bad alcohol, which prevents bad toxics. Also, as a last resort, one doctor had someone go on a small beer to cure a patient.
Why does every ER have a football helmet?
It’s used during a rare procedure where a patient is having a catastrophic bleed from their esophagus. There’s a balloon that inflates in a patient's esophagus, and has a tube coming out of their mouth. In order to secure the tube in place, the face mask on the football helmet is used to retain tension and secure it so no one has to hold it.
How is sugar used in the ER?
If an organ falls out from its proper place, it will become swollen and swelled. In order to place the organ where it needs to be, doctors pour sugar on the organ, which absorbs the fluid to dry it out and shrink it. Now, the doctor can put the organ back in place.
Why would doctors use cocaine in the ER?
This cocaine is not the same as street cocaine. Medical cocaine is in a gel form. Cocaine is a constrictor, so it constricts the vessels down and helps relieve pain. If a patient has a bad nosebleed that won’t stop by using other methods, doctors will have the patient use a little bit of cocaine.