Introducing a New CONSULTANT Series "Primary Care Procedures: A Photo Guide"

October 1, 2007
Susan Beck
Susan Beck

When should buried stitches be used in closing a laceration? Which tools are best for removing a popcorn kernel lodged in a 2-year-old's nose? How do you determine the appropriate site for a shoulder injection? These are just some of the questions that will be answered in our new feature, "Primary Care Procedures: A Photo Guide," which launches in this issue on page 1035.

When should buried stitches be used in closing a laceration? Which tools are best for removing a popcorn kernel lodged in a 2-year-old's nose? How do you determine the appropriate site for a shoulder injection? These are just some of the questions that will be answered in our new feature, "Primary Care Procedures: A Photo Guide," which launches in this issue on page 1035.

Through reader surveys, CONSULTANT readers have consistently indicated that more coverage of procedures was at the top of their "want list." We listened! This new feature will take an in-depth look each month at a different procedure commonly performed by primary care practitioners. In addition to reviewing step-by-step how to perform the procedure, the authors will highlight common pitfalls and provide tips for optimal outcomes. Most important, in keeping with CONSULTANT's tradition of providing first-rate clinical images, each procedure will be plentifully illustrated with instructive clinical photographs.

D. Brady Pregerson, MD, a clinical instructor in medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine and a staff emergency medicine physician in Los Angeles and Oceanside, Calif, will serve as series editor. Dr Pregerson speaks extensively to community groups and in other public forums to help raise awareness about safety issues and simple measures to prevent illness and injury; he maintains the Web site www.gotsafety.org, dedicated to the same ends.

Dr Pregerson also has considerable experience with clinical photography. Many of his photographs are featured on his other Web site, www.ERPocketBooks.com, where a large collection of clinical images and teaching cases is available at no charge and without registration.

It is our sincere hope that over the course of coming issues, the tips and images in "Primary Care Procedures: A Photo Guide" will prove a valuable resource for the dedicated primary care practitioners who read CONSULTANT. Should you have comments or suggestions for future topics, please feel free to email Dr Pregerson care of SBeck@cmp.com. *