Welcome to Closing the Gap, an educational site dedicated to improving expertise of both novice and experienced health care practitioners dealing with acute wound care.
The initial aim will be to publish videos on basic suturing techniques. After this, I will begin to post more complex clinical cases of acute lacerations, seen by myself and colleagues, and discuss and photo-document how they were treated in the ED. Another goal will be to obtain follow up images for these cases to show outcomes for these patients, as I believe an important part of self-improvement in wound care is follow up of the patients we treat.
12.20.13: I’m excited about the recent traffic and twitter buzz about the content I’ve posted here! Rest assured, I haven’t abandoned the site, but I am taking a break as I work on a collaboration with Stanford on an online lecture series (I’ll be giving the wound care lecture in a basic emergency medicine course for international practitioners) and, spending more of this holiday season with my family. Look for more content to come in 2014!
3.7.14: A few small updates to the site include video demos on placement of staples, tissue adhesive glues, and tissue adhesive tapes. These are basic demos only and future posts will focus on some of the nuances of their use. Feel free to use these videos for teaching your medical students and residents!
8.28.14 Lots of great things have happened in the world of lacerationrepair.com this summer: Several great posts & videos, shout outs from the EM educator socia media community, a guest post in ALiEM, and even a guest spot in Michelle Lin’s “the Lin Sessions” on EMRAP coming this November. While lacerationrepair.com is my academic baby, I will be taking a short hiatus to care for my new flesh-and-blood baby: Elliot Matthias Lin, born August 25th, 2014 and joining his 3 year old brother Isaiah and my wonderful wife Iris in our loving household. Please enjoy the existing content, feel free to suggest new content, and look for more posts to start arriving in a few months!
12.18.14 Rounding the corner in to the new year, I am going to try to commit to weekly postings as I prepare to speak at High Risk Emergency Medicine in Hawaii in February 2015. Mind you–weekly postings are a lofty ambition, with a busy toddler and a beautiful bouncing (but often fussy) baby in the household. I’ll be working on new sections for the site, including Burns, focusing on the management of the acute burn wound, and Blocks, which will have videos detailing the various regional anesthesia techniques we use in emergency medicine. Stay tuned!