This ain't your mama's HBO…

“It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval
force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.”

- George Washington


Rumor has it that George Washington said this very phrase to Dr. Cooper the day he joined the navy.  After finishing his service in the Navy as a submarine medical officer, our very own Jeff Cooper, M.D. took with him his training in Hyperbaric Medicine back to the land-locked state of Nebraska.  Why, you say?  Among many other conditions, carbon monoxide poisoning is not a rarity for our state, and is treated very effectively by HBO.

As the only the only hyperbaric oxygen center with critical care capability and 24/7 availability in the entire state, there’s a good chance you’ll be taking a dive with this Navy Officer if your furnace decides to leak a little CO this winter!  Aside from displacing carbon monoxide from your hemoglobin, HBO has many other indications: radiation injury, skin grafts, other wounds, cerebral arterial gas embolism, and gas gangrene.  It is effective in treating many of these conditions by creating greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure increasing O2 concentration in the blood and to the tissues.  Dr. Cooper is the head of our Hyperbaric Medicine Center here at UNMC.  He is involved in multi-center HBO research and developing HBO protocols, while still having time to be one of the residents’ favorite EM Faculty to work with downstairs in our shop.

– Submitted by 2nd year resident, Paul Travis M.D.

The man, the myth, the legend

Check out some of the links below for more information on our own Dr. Cooper and the UNMC Hyperbarics Program:


Tis the season indeed.  With a record number of residency candidates applying to our program this year, we’ll be keeping plenty busy interviewing quality applicants from all across the country.  For those of you out there who are still on the fence about whether to check us out, see this testimonial from one Dr John Hanson, current intern out of Indiana, who just so happens to be a superb mustache-grower and short-coat-wearing-football-player-slash- coal-miner-extraordinaire:

“On March 15th of this past year, I found out I would be trained as a Emergency Medicine physician. Not only that, but I was also getting to go to a great program in Omaha, NE. UNMC had been amongst the best interviews I had. The staff was friendly and welcoming during my interview. Also, the night before the interview, I had gone out to dinner with some of the residents. They were engaging, fun, and interested in getting to know me as an applicant. I knew after my short 24 hour trip to Omaha that it would be a great place to train and live. “

Come visit us in Omaha, and hear more stories along the same lines as that of Dr Hanson.  Good luck on the interview trail!

ACEP 2013

This October, six senior EM residents and a number of faculty made the trip up to Seattle, WA– home of the 2013 ACEP Scientific Assembly.   We kept busy attending lectures by renowned speakers, playing with new glidescopes/cmacs/insert-awesome-EM-tools-here, hearing the latest in EM research, meeting up with UNMC alumni, and exploring some amazing restaurants, all the while managing to dodge the fish-mongers down at Pike Place.   We were fortunate to have met a number of awesome M3s and M4s at the residency fair, and even managed to snag a few interviews with potential employers at the ACEP job fair.

Dan Heckmann, one of our 3rd year residents, had this to say about the trip:

“Healthy doses of education and fun were had at ACEP conference in Seattle this year. Interesting lectures included a look at the future of anticoagulation reversal. Seems FFP will be taking a back seat to PCC in the near future for reversal of warfarin.  Hard to tell if and when this gets to UNMC. Although we were twice thwarted in our attempt to ascend the Space Needle, nights in Seattle still had plenty to offer including the EMRA party which was a blast. Early morning BLTs were also a highlight. Work hard and play hard, the life of an EM resident.”



fish market pike place

What a beaut!

What a beaut!

(special thanks to Drs Barthold and Heckmann for their photo contributions!)