When you need to breathe, not just any pen will do

Ball point pens are not all equivalent, suggests this emergency-medical study: “Airflow efficacy of ballpoint pen tubes: a consideration for use in bystander cricothyrotomy,” David Owens, Ben Greenwood, Alistair Galley, Alun Tomkinson, Sarah Woolley, Emergency Medicine Journal, 2010;27:317-320. (Thanks to investigator @MsCelsius for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at Princess of Wales Hospital, […]

Write Ho! The Long-Lost, Ingested Pen Turns Up

Medicine and literary production combine in a fairly unusual way in this study: “An incidental finding of a gastric foreign body 25 years after ingestion,” Oliver Richard Waters, Tawfique   Daneshmend, Tarek Shirazi, BMJ Case Reports, 2011. The authors, at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital Foundation Trust, Exeter, UK, report: A 76-year-old female, with a blameless […]