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Frank's Sign

Frank's Sign - The diagonal earlobe crease as a predictor of heart disease and stroke.
by Nurse Eric
This article is intended for educational purposes only.

Since starting my career as a nurse in 2012 I've been intrigued by the bedside physical assessment signs that point to inward disease because I believe that a nurse who can identify problems before they become deadly can save lives. 

Here's a link to a video I made telling the story of how I learned about Frank's Sign.

Take a look at this comment I received on this video about Frank's Sign. I think it's incredible that someone followed through to get a CT scan because of what they saw in their earlobes. Look at what it said. It's good he followed through.

Frank's sign is one of those outward signs that can point to some big problems. Think of it like the canary in the coal mine. Poor canaries! 

Coronary Artery Disease and Risk for Stroke are both associated with the…

Together We Rise

Together We Rise! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²
America doesn't give up on a fight!

We don't give up fighting for your loved ones. Your loved ones are our loved ones. Your love is in our hearts as we fight because together we rise.
We don't give up fighting for our own healthcare workers who are dying. We feel hopeless, afraid and filled with a sadness we've never felt before but we continue to fight so together we can rise.
We don't give up fighting for the anti-vaxers, the anti-maskers and the COVID-19 deniers. You are the traitors in this fight. As you spit in our faces we save you because we are better than you. You can keep trying to divide us but we are smarter than you and will never stop working together because together we rise.
We don't give up fighting for the homeless, nameless and alone. We search for your family and friends. You may not have had anybody before but now you have us and together we rise.
We don't give up fighting because of the color of your skin, your comorbi…

Beyond Shut The Fuck Up

Beyond Shut The Fuck Up
I've been asked to say more than just, "Shut the Fuck Up" to the deniers, those crying hoax, the lazy boy epidemiologist, the google virologist, the Fox News and CNN watching economist and the tin foil hat conspiracy theorists.
I want to do this but first I have to say that it's felt really good for some of us to finally get that off our chest.
To everyone who supported me and shared the love, I thank you and I'm with you.
We, nurses, put up with a lot of BS on the daily.
We are verbally and physically abused by patients all the time and most of the time we don't even report it.
We should report it but it's so prolific and the paperwork takes so long and our patients need us so we just deal with it.
That being said, It takes a lot to upset us as a whole.
When doctors, nurses, and other people in healthcare are speaking out because they are fed up, please listen.
We don't do this on this scale very often. Almost never.
I was asked to shar…

Zero Apologies

I will give zero apologies for what I'm about to say because while we're busy working to save people's lives we're also growing really concerned about the conspiracy theory BS that's seeming to become a bigger problem than #covid19. We don't have time while we're working to save lives to also be on social media explaining, with the depth of knowledge most of us have acquired over years and decades, how to understand with scrutiny the science of everything that's happening right now and why the science is so important. So, if you don't know how to keep a #SARSCoV2  patient alive and you're posting your opinion on vaccines, population control, Bill Gates, shutdown hoax, deep state, your personal liberty to go out in public without a mask or whatever bullshit crap fake news is about to come next let me just say this... The heath care professionals I know, including myself,  give the SAME  high quality heart and soul, brains and brawn, care to the v…

Four Big Problems with the Stanford Antibody Study

Four Big Problems with the Stanford Antibody StudyRe: COVID-19 Antibody Seroprevalence in Santa Clara County, CaliforniaEric Sartori RN
Here's a link to the study if you want to follow along.

Check out these sexy headlines"Way more people may have gotten coronavirus than we thought, small antibody study suggests." - 

"Antibody tests suggest that coronavirus infections vastly exceed official counts" 

"Far more people may have been infected by coronavirus in one California county, study estimates" -
Are you curious about these headlines like me?
If you are reading this you may be wondering about the Stanford Antibody Study. Maybe like me you think something seems a bit off. I work in a COVID unit so I'm constantly watching the numbers. I'm not a research expert but as a nurse I've received a bit of education on how research is conducted. I…

The Story of Our Arcadia Chickens

The Story of Our Arcadia Chickens
3/30/2020 - We've recently adopted two baby chicks who have a very interesting story. They are from the famous Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. To start their story I'll share what is copied, word for word, from the text messages I received from the chick rescuers in the story:

"I'm so sorry!! I love these so much!! Thank you!!!  So here's the stories to the best I can! 
DISCLOSURE: all chickens in this story are Arcadia chickens who are in the neighborhood of 36th st & Flower. These are wild chickens who live in the trees and bushes of the neighborhood. 
Tilly: Tilly's mom was Penguin who showed up one morning in the yard with 10 adorable chicklets. We fed them pecans, apples, and other vegetables for the first two days.  On day 3, we counted the chicklets to make sure all 10 were accounted for and on March 22 realized that there were now 11! We assumed that this meant this baby hatched later than the others.  W…

Nurse Eric -Bedside Skills - Implementing A Fluid Restriction

Nurse Eric - Bedside Skills Implementing A Fluid Restriction 

Introduction"How can you allow me to become dehydrated like this? I feel like you are trying to kill me. I need water."

Have you ever been a patient and felt like this? Have you ever had a patient who's said something like this? Has a family member ever accused you of being a criminal for withholding water from their loved one? Do your patients often complain when they've run out of PO fluids by 1600?

Are you looking for a better way to manage a fluid restriction? Let's do this!

Often Nurses have a patient with a fluid restriction (FR). With the fast pace of nursing care, and hearing out many unhappy, thirsty patients, I've noticed an opportunity for improvement. Let's get into it.

SBAR Summary
Situation - Patients often feel frustrated when a doctor orders a fluid restriction, especially later in the day when they have already consumed all or most of their daily limitations. In a situation of poor…

Fast Club - Community Motivation for Your Fasting Lifestyle

Fast Club - Community Motivation for Your Fasting Lifestyle

I started a Facebook group in 2017 for people who wanted a safe judgment free zone to learn and grow in their fasting and intermittent fasting focused lifestyle. Our commitment to the use of evidence-based methods in conjunction with the safest fasting methods sets us apart from other groups.   Please feel free to check us out at