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How virtual reality may change medical education and save lives
Forbes
The old adage applies to many aspects of our life in a variety of ways. Practicing your backhand, learning a dance move, or rehearsing your speech. But where it may matter the most is for medical professionals who perform lifesaving interventions or procedures for patients in emergency departments or in the operating room. The reality is that there are some lifesaving procedures in emergency medicine that you rarely perform — but must always be ready to perform in a split second.
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AAEM NEWS


Showcase your research in Rome at MEMC-GREAT 2015
Deadline this Sunday — May 31!

Call for Abstracts and CPC Competition Submissions — Join us in Rome, Italy from Sept. 5-9, 2015, for the Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress in conjunction with the Italian GREAT Network Congress. Register for the congress, submit an abstract and book your hotel! Learn more about MEMC-GREAT competitions.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Merck Manual/AAEM Video Project

Help create “How-To” videos of >100 common procedures. These will be made available for free around the world in multiple languages on Merck Manuals websites and apps.

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Registration now open! — AAEM Fall Oral Board Review Course
Join us for the highly recommended Oral Board Review Course! NEW hands-on simulation practice. Be confident on exam day — prepare with the experts for the new format. Learn more and register.
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Prepare for Written Boards with AAEM — Register today!
Join us in Orlando Aug. 18-21! Up to 27 lecture hours of intense review of EM board materials, taught by experienced emergency medicine faculty. This course is a comprehensive review of emergency medicine for all emergency physicians and is ideal for exam-takers or for physicians seeking quality review materials. Learn more!
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NEW: 2nd Edition of the Written Board Review book
This comprehensive text will help prepare you for: Emergency medicine qualifying exam (formerly the “written boards”), Emergency medicine annual resident in-service exam, and the ConCert Exam. It includes over 200 color images, 225 question practice in-service examination, and 24 chapters written by experts in the field. Special member pricing, order today!
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EMresource.org — 50 percent off sale!
Until May 31 get 50 percent off two great EM pocket references Quick Essentials: Emergency Medicine 1-minute Consult and A to Z Pocket Emergency Pharmacopoeia & ABX Guide. Click here for sale prices (while supplies last)
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HEALTHCARE POLICY NEWS


Illinois Supreme Court rules against ER physicians in interpretation of Good Samaritan Act
The National Law Review
In Home Star Bank and Financial Services v. Emergency Care and Health Organization, Ltd., 2014 IL 115526, the Illinois Supreme Court significantly narrowed the scope of immunity afforded to physicians under the Good Samaritan Act. Additionally, the Court's decision is likely to impact emergency medicine physician contracts and hospital policies, and lead to future litigation regarding those entitled to immunity under the Act.
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Many parts to solving opioid addiction problem, Congress told
MedPage Today
States need to have more interoperative prescription drug management programs (PDMPs) in order to better combat the opioid abuse epidemic, state officials told a congressional committee. "We need better communication, and we need more real-time information," Indiana state health commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., MPH, told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Thursday. "We need to share information across state lines."
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RECENT STUDIES


Interruptions of trauma resuscitations for radiographic procedures
The Journal of Emergency Medicine
Radiographic procedures often result in interruptions of trauma resuscitations despite the availability of lead aprons.
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Developing a targeted, theory-informed implementation intervention using two theoretical frameworks to address health professional and organizational factors
Implementation Science
Two theoretical frameworks were used in a complementary manner to inform intervention development in managing mild traumatic brain injury in the ED. The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the developed intervention is being evaluated in a cluster randomized trial, part of the Neurotrauma Evidence Translation (NET) program.
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NATIONAL NEWS


Evidence-based medicine and the newly trained physician: A relationship in the works
The Huffington Post
Evidence-based medicine has been classically described as the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. At first look, this well-accepted approach to clinical medicine appears not only completely reasonable, but also somewhat obvious, given the immense amount of research available for academic consumption. Despite EBM's role as an incredible advancement in the history of medical care and patient management, there remains many challenges that young clinicians must face when attempting to implement EBM into their respective practices.
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Work-life balance in healthcare: Realign your priorities
By Catherine Iste
As a healthcare professional, your work requires you to be there for others, but how can you do that effectively if you haven't taken care of yourself? Now that you are acutely aware of where your hours go, it's time to look at what you can do realign your time with your priorities. Lisa Cole, MS, RN, FNP, has spent more than 35 years in the healthcare industry. Her current business, Re-Source, focuses on helping people live and die well via lifestyle change, patient advocacy and care coordination. Through her work, Cole has learned three areas that can help reduce stress now and help you be more present as a caregiver.
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The importance of preventing burnout among physicians and nurses
Hospitals & Health Networks
Imagine this scenario: You are a hospital CEO walking the halls of your facility when you overhear a group of physicians or nurses talking about the stress, exhaustion and frustration of their jobs and the system. One of them states without hesitation that she can't wait to leave the profession entirely, and would make sure her son or daughter never considered medicine as a career. Would you have faith that she could devote her full attention to administering care to your patients?
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Do certified EHR technology, alerts risk patient safety?
EHR Intelligence
After the HITECH Act was passed and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs were established, healthcare providers began computerizing their patient records and adopting certified EHR technology in an effort to promote care. However, integrating electronic records into the physician workflow has led to a variety of issues, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
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Women more likely to be hospitalized after asthma emergency care
News-Medical
U.S. research shows that women who attend the emergency department (ED) with acute asthma are almost twice as likely to be admitted to hospital than men despite several measures of asthma control, treatment and severity being more favorable in women. “These findings continue to reflect the inadequacy of current clinical and public health measures to manage female patients with asthma”, the researchers write in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
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ER doctors stress need for good communications with police
Medical Xpress
A good working relationship with police is essential for the smooth operation of a busy Emergency Department. Police are in and out of EDs regularly, supporting EMS, transporting patients and helping to provide a safe environment for hospital staff. Not surprisingly, differences of opinion arise from time to time over a healthcare worker's duty to protect patient privacy and the police need to conduct a criminal investigation.
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Weed candy is sending more children to the hospital
By Denise A. Valenti
They look, smell and taste like our favorite candies, but marijuana candy edibles can be a real danger to children. The sweet confections are often packaged to appear like the popular treats with which toddlers and children are familiar. This appearance is not an accident — the marijuana candy products are designed to attract and entice the consumer. But when children ingest marijuana, the results can be serious and even life-threatening.
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