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I have completed bits of my EM training from India. Currently I am boarded with credentials from Christian Medical College, Vellore and also from the prestigious Royal College of Emergency Medicine, UK.  I am currently working in London as an A&E doctor, trying to appreciate the differences in the practise and culture of Emergency Medicine across different healthcare systems. I have always been an avid FOAMed supporter because FOAMed played an indispensable role during the days of my initial training. Through this blog, I aspire to disseminate knowledge and stay up to date with the EM literature. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Selfie Fever: What are we up to?

  • Avoid taking selfies from a height, on a bridge, in the vicinity of vehicular traffic, during thunderstorms, at sporting events, and where wild animals are in the background.
  • Travel medicine fellows should now routinely counsel travellers about responsible self-photography during international travel and should also include this advice in printed material given to the patient.  
  • Most importantly, each one of us needs to recognise this issue and behave in a  responsible manner.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_selfie-related_injuries_and_deaths
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/01/14/more-people-die-taking-selfies-in-india-than-anywhere-else-in-the-world/
  3. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/social/India-had-the-most-selfie-related-deaths-in-2015-Report/articleshow/50593587.cms
  4. The 'selfie' phenomenon: reducing the risk of harm while using smartphones during international travel Flaherty GT, Choi J. J. Travel Med. 2016; 23(2): e026. 
  5. http://connecticut.marketing/2015/07/russian-selfie-guide-in-english/


     Lakshay Chanana



  1. Never realized it was an issue of such a magnitude, ofcourse it was quite obvious that individuals were going over board with their obsession .....thanks for putting the rising obsession of selfies in perspective...

    1. Thanks for taking out the time to read and comment. I appreciate it.

  2. The only Indian from India on FOAM. Nice. Please post more

    1. Thanks Matt. I will keep them coming.