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Archive for March, 2011

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Latisse has arrived

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

I am now dispensing Latisse in the office after enough interest from the patients. I still recommend that if you have blue eyes that you seriously think about the potential complications of permanent iris darkening, but it is apparently not seen in the patients using Latisse for cosmetic purposes. I also recommend a general eye exam from an ophthalmologist prior to use.

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CPR update

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

I had to renew my Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification at UCLA recently. How timely, as the day before my patient’s daughter collapsed outside the OR.  I hadn’t placed an IV for 16 years and it felt good to know that I’ve still got it (but I digress…)  Thankfully she’s fine, but it reminds everyone to sharpen up their CPR skills. (First rule: Check your own pulse!)

Did you know that the ABC’s no longer apply in that particular order (Airway Breathing Circulation)? The whole philosophy of Basic Life Support has changed in the past 2 years given the new data that the American Heart Association has gathered.

You never know where you might be where you can make a difference. In the wonderful state of Washington, where I did my internship in internal medicine, every high school student is required to know CPR. Isn’t that great? Cutting edge ideas from a state with the best paramedic response time and wonderful medical care. In addition, it is not a crazy idea to put an AED (automated external defibrillator) in your home, if you can afford one (about $1200). We already have one in each office.

CPR classes for the lay public are offered through the Red Cross  redcrossla.org/classes

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