Monday, August 24, 2015

A Quick Run Around the Web--August 24, 2015

"New Tricks" from National Geographic's photo of the day.
Some firearms related articles, and a couple miscellaneous articles that caught my attention:

Firearms Related:

Other Stuff:

  • "Seven (7) Key Trauma Management Tips and Tools For the Armed Individual" from Shooting Performance. Good points for managing gunshot wounds, or even deep puncture wounds.
  • "Antediluvian Methods? An Evidence-Based Approach to Wound Irrigation" from emDocs (h/t Active Response Training). Conclusion: (i) Tap water is equally efficacious as saline for routine wound irrigation in uncomplicated wounds and immunocompetent patients (actually, from the data in the article, it was somewhat better to use tap water); (ii) Ideal irrigation pressure can be achieved using a 19-gauge or similar needle or a tap faucet; avoid IV bags and bottles; (iii) Very little data exist regarding ideal volumes of irrigation – texts recommend 60 cc/cm.; and (iv) Data is promising, but not yet convincing, that clean scalp and facial wounds may be closed safely without irrigation.
  • "Why salad is so overrated." "There’s one food, though, that has almost nothing going for it. It occupies precious crop acreage, requires fossil fuels to be shipped, refrigerated, around the world, and adds nothing but crunch to the plate." Some points:
  1. Being mostly water, salad vegetables are pitifully low in nutrition.
  2. Salad fools dieters into making bad choices. Once you've added the dressing and other fixings, not only does it lack nutrition, but it is now high on calories. 
  3. Salad has unfortunate repercussions in our food supply, including that it is the chief culprit for foodborne illnesses, accounting for 22 percent of all food-borne illnesses from 1998-2008 according to the CDC.

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