by Darragh C. O’Carroll M.D.

Image courtesy of Luke McKeown @waikatospear

This paper has been peer reviewed and endorsed by

  1. Michael W. Schwartz M.D. — Robert H. Williams Endowed Chair, Professor of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition, University of Washington
  2. Karl Kaiyala PhD — Research associate professor (emeritus), Department of Oral Health Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Washington
  3. Lee Altenberg PhD — Adj Full Professor of Information and Computer Sciences and Mathematics, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Member of HiPAM
  4. D. Kapono Chong-Hanssen M.D. — Medical Director; Ho`ola Lahui Hawai`i/Kaua`i Community Health Center
  5. David Derauf M.D. MPH — Physician and Director…

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In the days before COVID-19, he would have been rushed into a room and within thirty seconds had cardiac monitors placed, oxygen delivered, and two IVs coursing through his veins. But now, because of the danger he posed to everyone in my ER, and even to my family members awaiting me at home, and because we don’t yet have adequate…

We are willing to risk our own lives and safety, and those of our families, for the sake of yours

Darragh O’Carroll M.D. is an emergency physician in Honolulu, Hawaii, and served as a medical consultant for Netflix’s recent medical documentary series “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak.”

The new coronavirus, aka COVID-19, has spread deeper and farther into our communities than currently known. It will infect a majority of Earth’s human population-many estimates say up to 70 percent of us. …

Ask ten different people their opinion on ketamine and you’ll get ten different answers. It’s a tribute to the drug’s muddled popular conception as a horse tranquilizer, club drug, and cure for refractory depression.

Regardless of modern placards, the World Health Organization lists ketamine as an “essential medicine,” and among the safest and most efficacious ones known to science. Originally derived from PCP, ketamine possesses a versatility in the medical world like no other drug, and research on its many benefits is exploding.

Navy Seal medics carry it in their pockets, as an ER doctor I routinely give it to…

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I first met Valery as I assessed her asthma on a small corner of Abaco Island in the Bahamas, sitting dazed on what was left of her porch, eyes fixed on her husband Eric’s overturned Honda CR-V. With an N95 breathing mask over her face she described life before Hurricane Dorian tore through her town of Marsh Harbor. She was elegant, regal, and spoke with flawless British grammar and diction, but just ten days after the colossal storm hit, her tired eyes and quivering voice hinted she was struggling to process the momentous shift in her and her husband’s future.

Darragh O'Carroll M.D.

Emergency Medicine and Disaster Response physician, specializing in distilling complex medical topics to media digestible by all non-medical persons.

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