The Golden Hour

The EKG: Translating the Interpreter

The EKG: Translating the Interpreter

By Dr. 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...

Are My Kidneys Okay?

Are My Kidneys Okay?

By Dr. 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)....

Let’s Get Down to Cannabis-ness

Let’s Get Down to Cannabis-ness

By Dr.Katie E. Golden 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 Dr. Katie E. Golden 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 Dr. 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: Dr. 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...

The Facts and FAQs of the COVID Vaccine

The Facts and FAQs of the COVID Vaccine

By Dr. 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...

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: Dr. 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...

Tendons Be Trendin’

Tendons Be Trendin’

By Dr. Katie E. Golden, MD Social distancing and quarantining have translated to considerable lifestyle changes for most of us, and along with all the other challenges presented by the pandemic, we have seen an increase in patients presenting with muscle and joint...

Evaluation and Treatment after a Motor Vehicle Collision

Evaluation and Treatment after a Motor Vehicle Collision

By Dr. Katie E. Golden, MD Patients frequently come to the ER for evaluation after car accidents, or motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) as we refer to them in the medical field. While most MVCs do not lead to serious bodily injury, they often lead to a significant amount...