Edwin Leap, MD

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Name: <span itemprop="author">Edwin Leap, MD
Date registered: February 19, 2019
URL: https://www.kevinmd.com/blog

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  1. Not only do the worst need love, the best are made better by offering it — February 14, 2020
  2. Watching is incredibly important. I know this as a physician. — January 17, 2020
  3. Taking food and drink away from doctors and nurses is just cruel — December 10, 2019
  4. What can I do differently in the ER? — November 2, 2019
  5. Why this doctor was so uncomfortable arguing with another physician — October 3, 2019

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Not only do the worst need love, the best are made better by offering it

I once saw an older gentleman who was mentally impaired from birth. A hard enough blow, he had slowly, inexorably drifted into dementia.  He cut his head in a fall, suffering the ravages of gravity as so many do every day, every night. He was Caucasian…

Watching is incredibly important. I know this as a physician.

I sometimes work as a church security volunteer.  And when I do it, I get to simply stand and watch.  Watch for someone sick or injured (we have defibrillators and wound care equipment).  Watch for someone coming to cause harm.  Watch in order to call …

Taking food and drink away from doctors and nurses is just cruel

It’s hard to explain what we do. And so maybe, it’s hard for others to sympathize with our situations. I mean, physicians, mid-levels, and nurses in emergency departments are tied to computers in often cramped work-spaces, even as they are required to …

What can I do differently in the ER?

In the emergency department, we see them all the time.  The person with a medical problem too serious to ignore, but not quite bad enough to require admission.  The patient referred to the specialist who comes back to the ER. “I couldn’t afford t…

Why this doctor was so uncomfortable arguing with another physician

I hate confrontation.  It’s just the way I was raised.  I’m not saying it’s right, or healthy, it just happened.  My parents and I almost never confronted one another; even when it would have been healthier.  That, of course, is water under the bridge …

What has emergency medicine wrought? Helplessness.

It seems that all day, every day, I care for patients who simply won’t take care of themselves.  And I sometimes think that we in emergency medicine have caused more harm than we expected. Now let me first say, I also take care of those who can’t care …

The medical profession needs more shadowing opportunities

Job shadowing is a long-standing tradition.  High schools often have dedicated shadowing days, during which students can come and spend time with people working in careers that the students find interesting.  While a few hours isn’t really enough to kn…

ER staff deserve a safe place to do their jobs

Many years ago, it was called the emergency room. Now we call it the emergency department. However, unlike so many departments in the world, the emergency department has almost too many purposes, duties, and mandates to number. However, in the process …

Dear emergency department clinicians: a letter from administration

Dear emergency department clinicians: We at the top of the administrative and regulatory chain understand that you deal with enormously complicated mental health and substance abuse patients all the time. Your resources are limited, and the demands pla…

Dear emergency department clinicians: a letter from administration

Dear emergency department clinicians: We at the top of the administrative and regulatory chain understand that you deal with enormously complicated mental health and substance abuse patients all the time. Your resources are limited, and the demands pla…

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