The Golden Hour

Outpatient Treatment Options for COVID-19

Outpatient Treatment Options for COVID-19

By Katie E. Golden, MD We are amidst another surge in COVID cases, and it feels like there are new variants and scientific studies debuting every day. The treatment options are no exception. While we know a lot more about the coronavirus than we did a year ago, the...

Why is my CBC Abnormal? Breaking Down the Blood Count

Why is my CBC Abnormal? Breaking Down the Blood Count

By Katie E. Golden, MD A complete blood count (CBC) is a common laboratory test to include as part of a basic medical evaluation. If you have recently been to the emergency department (ED), there is a good chance your blood counts were tested. And if you looked at...

The EKG: Translating the Interpreter

The EKG: Translating the Interpreter

By Katie E. Golden, MD An electrocardiogram (abbreviated as both ECG and EKG) is a simple test that is frequently performed on patients in the emergency room. It is easy, fast, and gives us a lot of important information about your heart. It helps doctors immediately...

Are My Kidneys Okay?

Are My Kidneys Okay?

By Katie E. Golden, MD In the emergency department (ED), it is common to obtain blood tests as part of a patient’s evaluation. A routine part of this analysis is to check kidney function, and we do this by testing for levels of ‘creatinine’  (abbreviated as Cr). It is...

Let’s Get Down to Cannabis-ness

Let’s Get Down to Cannabis-ness

By Katie E. Golden, MD While marijuana is stuck behind a legislative roadblock in North Carolina, CBD products are quickly finding their way into grocery stores, mainstream shops, and bars across the state. CBD in your coffee, CBD in your cocktail, mixed into a muscle...

A Short Introduction to Long COVID

A Short Introduction to Long COVID

by Katie E. Golden, MD As we round out month 16 of the COVID pandemic in the US (yes, I am counting our months of survival the same way I would the age of my first child), we are starting to learn more about the long term outcomes of the virus. This includes patients...

Cracking the Code: Explaining End-of-Life Decisions

Cracking the Code: Explaining End-of-Life Decisions

By Katie E. Golden, MD As emergency physicians, we often help patients and their families make important decisions about their end-of-life care when faced with a life-threatening illness. The emergency department is never the ideal environment to introduce such...

A Pernicious Weed Indeed: Explaining Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome

A Pernicious Weed Indeed: Explaining Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome

By: Katie E. Golden, MD  It’s an easily recognizable condition in the ER. The medics come through the ambulance doors with a young patient on the stretcher, doubled over, clutching their stomach with one hand, and holding a vomit bag with the other. While there are...

The Facts and FAQs of the COVID Vaccine

The Facts and FAQs of the COVID Vaccine

By Katie E. Golden, MD The recent approval and early distribution of the COVID vaccine certainly feel like some of the most uplifting news we have had all year and outshines even the most impressively decorated Charlotte homes this holiday season. (And I’m sure you...

Eat, Drink, and Be Wary: How to Stay Safe this Holiday Season

Eat, Drink, and Be Wary: How to Stay Safe this Holiday Season

By: Katie E. Golden, MD  If you’re reading this, you have so far survived a worldwide pandemic, raging forest fires and non-stop hurricanes, endless zoom calls, the death of Alex Trebek, and the painful viewing of the first presidential debate. I don’t know about you,...