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Frank's Sign

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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.


Introduction
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. https://youtu.be/TNUjMi_f0DI




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…

An Uncomfortable COVID 19 Truth in Arizona

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The truth is sometimes uncomfortable. 
So be it.
I've adapted a message created by a fellow nurse that had to be taken down because they were receiving threats. 
It needs to be shared especially now since our numbers are spiking in Arizona.
I've pixelated the photo because a group of people has turned their anger on those of us who tell our truth about what we see on the front lines.
To all of you who are supporting us by following the CDC and WHO guidelines, Thank You!
Love Health and Solidarity ♥️😷✊🏻
Nurse Eric
Here it goes...
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Hello! 
Welcome to our ICU. 
Now that Arizona has royally failed in efforts for a safe reopening and you all are out exercising your constitutional rights to spread COVID I just wanted to introduce you to the welcoming crew. 
(Not pictured are our amazing RT and lines team)
We have your badass intensivist that will elegantly put a central line in your jugular vein while we briskly work to …

Dear Mom - A commentary on the Candice Owen video attacking George Floyd

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Dear Mom,

I know this looks convincing and legit because Candice Owens is black, articulate, passionate and it looks like she did her research because she brings "facts" to the argument but I have some concerns I'd like you to take into consideration. #candiceowens

First, let me start by saying that I consider myself a good listener.

As a nurse, I actively work to identify when my biases are influencing the way I assess things so I've developed a number of ways to evaluate situations that allow me to take a step back and see reality as objectively as possible.

I have worked to understand logic and fallacies in debate, I've learned how to interpret statistics in my nursing courses and I study body language because as a nurse, sometimes people lie to me and knowing whether to be cautious with the information I gather can be really helpful in developing a solid plan of care.

So, just so you know, I watched the whole thing with an open mind twice and I have some thoughts …

Together We Rise

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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

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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

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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. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.14.20062463v1.full.pdf

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

"Antibody tests suggest that coronavirus infections vastly exceed official counts" 
- Nature.com

"Far more people may have been infected by coronavirus in one California county, study estimates" - CNN.com
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…