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Brady Pregerson, MD

About Brady Pregerson, MD

Brady Pregerson, MD, a returned Peace Corps volunteer and winner of the 1995 Wise Preventive Medicine Scholarship, completed his medical school at the University of California, San Diego, and his residency at Los Angeles County General Hospital. He has authored three medical pocket books for nurses and doctors, as well as the educational web sites erpocketbooks.com and gotsafety.org. Dr. Pregerson currently works as an emergency physician in Southern California. He writes, "Although the ED environment may be quite different from working on the hospital floor or in an office setting, I am hopeful that you can take these tips and apply them to your own specific work situation." You can buy his books on lessons from the ER, including Don't Try This At Home: Lessons from the Emergency Department and Think Twice: More Lessons from the ER, at amazon.com.

Keeping germs off your hair, hands and face

Keeping germs off your hair, hands and face

Dr. Brady and Nurse Rebekah have talked about white lab coats as carriers of germs. Now, they tackle your hair, hands and face

When germs hitch a ride…on your scrubs

When germs hitch a ride…on your scrubs

Although the white lab coat is an ingrained part of the healthcare culture, it may carry more than pocket references and PDAs.

What to do when a patient refuses vaccines

What to do when a patient refuses vaccines

Choose your battles, and remember, the most powerful seed you plant may just be sharing your own personal choices.

The secret of successful charting

The secret of successful charting

Instead of seeing it as one more thing to cross off your to-do list, what if you looked at it as…a conspiracy?

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What do doctors want? “Mind readers”

What do doctors want? Read the back and forth between our favorite ER Doc and our favorite sassy RN.

How to avoid patient privacy pitfalls

How to avoid patient privacy pitfalls

Brady Pregerson, MD, and Rebekah Child, RN, may disagree about a lot of things, but they do agree about this: One way to lose your job is to violate patient privacy.

Top 10 signs your patient may be a drug seeker

Top 10 signs your patient may be a drug seeker

How do you recognize someone who may be seeking narcotics inappropriately? Here’s a tongue-in-cheek list with some serious advice.

Patients with an irrational fear of vaccinations

Patients with an irrational fear of vaccinations

Vaccines sometimes inspire as much fear as the diseases they’re meant to prevent. Yet think of what would’ve killed you by now if you hadn’t gotten that shot…

Are vaccinations still a medical miracle?

Are vaccinations still a medical miracle?

Want to see a bunch of people get up in arms? Recommend a new vaccination. With a ton of scary stories linking vaccinations with autism (never mind the fact that numerous scientific studies have debunked the link), how do you deal with patients who refuse immunization?

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How to manage patient expectations

“I’m your nurse, not your waitress!” How many times have you thought this? Or even muttered it under your breath? Here’s how to put the stress of dealing with an unhappy patient into perspective.

Let’s face it: Nurses are better than doctors at some things

Let’s face it: Nurses are better than doctors at some things

Nurse Rebekah debates Dr. Brady using Mother Goose (yes, you read that right) as a source.

Who’s to blame for MRSA?

Who’s to blame for MRSA?

Is MRSA the most repulsive epidemic to find its way into the ER? Here, the causes, the seriousness and the scope of the MRSA problem. Plus, some easy tips for nurses to help fight the spread of it.

Clothes make the nurse

Clothes make the nurse

Patients and the public still judge us, in part, by what we wear. Dr. Brady and Nurse Rebekah conclude our “Perils of Beauty” series with a reflection on the practicality of your work wardrobe.

What’s in your scrubs pockets?

What’s in your scrubs pockets?

Our MD/RN team reflects on what you’re carrying around on your shift…and what that says about you!

How to choose the right words when charting

How to choose the right words when charting

We’re not saying you should lie…but you get to decide how you will tell the truth.