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By Jose Rubero, MD, Program Director at UCF/HCA EM Residency of Greater Orlando
It is with great sadness that I share with you that our beloved friend, Dr. Bethany Ballinger, passed away this past Monday after her long battle with cancer.
Dr. Ballinger was the Founder and Program Director of the UCF/HCA Consortium Emergency Medicine Residency Program that began at Osceola in 2016 and Faculty/Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UCF College of Medicine. She obtained her medical degree from the University College of London School of Medicine and did an Emergency Medicine Residency at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh as well as here in Florida, at Orlando Health.
Dr. Ballinger was my dearest friend and I do not believe I have ever known a physician with such passion, love and dedication to her residents’ (“children”) education. Her concern for their well-being, formation and her never-ending mentorship was always evident. As a physician and colleague, she was understanding and compassionate and the love she had for her family was out of this world.
With her passing, Dr. Ballinger leaves behind her husband Steve, son Murdock, family, friends and her residents and staff at Osceola Medical Center. We will all miss her terribly. In the coming month, there will be a celebration of her life. We will let you know the details as soon as we have additional information.
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On Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, a variety of healthcare professionals attended the All in for Florida Summit to discuss best practices in opioid abuse intervention and treatment. Speakers included FCEP members Dr. Mark Stavros and Dr. Aaron Wohl (pictured), Representative Cary Pigman, MD, Department of Health employees, and other emergency medicine professionals who are heavily invested in finding solutions to the opioid crisis.
Promising case studies were presented and robust discussions were held about current barriers in providing effective care. One of the biggest takeaways was Rep. Pigman’s call to EM physicians to get involved with state politics to really effect change. EDs and community partners can’t do it all without state support – “moral persuasion” and concrete, repetitive demands by unified physicians are key in making a difference.
Ready to learn more about HB 21’s requirements and the opioid crisis in general? Take our online course, Safe Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain, by clicking here.
Dr. James V. Hillman, MD, FAAP, FACEP, FACMT will receive ACEP’s Longevity Award at the Scientific Assembly this year. The Longevity Award honors physicians with the longest active careers in emergency medicine. To be eligible, recipients must be current ACEP members and have worked an average of 1,000 or more hours per year in emergency medicine, practicing or teaching. Congratulations, Dr. Hillman!
The award will be presented during the Careers Section meeting at ACEP18 in San Diego, CA on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt, Seaport Tower, 3rd Floor, Mission Beach A.
On Aug. 11, Sepsis Alliance launched Sepsis: First Response: a 15-minute educational video and 60-minute training module that provides EMS personnel with the tools to rapidly identify and begin treating sepsis cases in the field.
As many as 80% of sepsis deaths can be prevented with rapid diagnosis and treatment. In a recent study, sepsis patients had a lower mortality rate when they were treated by EMS personnel who had received sepsis-specific training.
Sepsis: First Response also offers any pre-hospital care providers the tools to not only identify sepsis and begin treatment, but to effectively coordinate care with the emergency department and their in-hospital colleagues. It is endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of EMS Educators.
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ACEP will be providing a live, 8-hour Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Waiver Training at ACEP’s Scientific Assembly 2018. Physicians are required to complete 8 hours of MAT training to apply for a waiver to prescribe medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorder.
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA
We are providing you information about an organization called 'Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic' (SAFE). The organization is made of U.S. physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals dedicated to eliminating the American firearm violence epidemic through research, education and evidence-based policy. Their goals are to implement a standardized medical curriculum about firearm safety in medical schools and residency programs, raise funding for firearms research to improve our knowledge about how to best combat this issue, and support evidence-based policy changes.
Please note that ACEP is not formally endorsing this organization's program, which goes beyond ACEP policies.
For those who might be interested, SAFE is organizing an event on Sept. 17, 2018 where healthcare providers can unify their voices to demand that firearm violence be treated as a public health problem. They are hoping that medical schools, hospitals and providers all across the country will show their support by wearing custom scrub tops, signing SAFE’s online petition and — if free from clinical responsibilities — attending local educational activities. Scrubs will be provided at no cost.
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September 20-21, 2018
Aloft Orlando Downtown
EMLRC Online provides access to quality education courses so you can earn continuing education credits at your convenience. Current courses include: Street Drugs, Unfamiliar Pediatrics, Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis, and Human Trafficking & Emergency Medicine.
Visit EMLRC Online today to enroll and learn more.
UPCOMING FCEP & EMLRC EVENTS
|SEPT. 20-21, 2018
||Life After Residency — Learn more
|OCT. 1-4, 2018
||ACEP Scientific Assembly
— Visit ACEP.org for more information
|OCT. 2-5, 2019
||EMT Refresher Course — Register today!
|OCT. 16-19, 2019
||Paramedic Refresher Course — Register today!
|MARCH 11-13, 2019
||Emergency Medicine Days 2019 — Learn more
To see the full calendar, click here.
Daylong shifts in the emergency room pose a threat to physician health and patient safety, researchers say.
Recently published research shows the cognitive abilities of emergency room physicians were significantly impaired after working a 24-hour shift.
The researchers, who published their work in this month's edition of the Annals of Emergency Medicine, gauged the cognitive function of 40 ER physicians after a night of rest at home, after a 14-hour shift, and after a 24-hour shift.
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Strict regulation of semi-automatic guns, accessories and ammunition is needed to stop "senseless" gun violence in the U.S., an association of trauma surgeons contends.
Guns are involved in more than 38,000 deaths and at least 85,000 non-fatal injuries every year in the U.S., the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma states in a policy statement. It was published online Aug. 8 in the journal Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open.
A new test to assess a whether or not someone is having a heart attack upon arriving in the emergency room was safe and effective, ruling out heart attack in emergency room patients faster than a conventional method, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation.
The new high-sensitivity blood test for cardiac troponin, given in a hospital emergency room, was also found to be safe and effective.
Lund University via ScienceDaily
Children with allergies have a lower risk of developing complicated appendicitis, according to a new study. The findings could pave the way for new diagnostic tools in the future.
U.S. News & World Report
As fall sports season commences, the risk of concussions among pre-teens and teens increases. Boys are at greater risk than girls, but girls tend to have more symptoms from concussions.
For boys, football is the sport most likely to lead to concussions, while girls who play soccer or basketball are at greatest risk.
By Keith Carlson
In the stressful world of healthcare, nursing, and medicine, worthy staff members work themselves to the bone in service to the common cause. Nurses, doctors, physical and occupational therapists, radiologists, and others put out enormous amounts of energy day in and day out in a wide variety of healthcare milieus. With burnout widely prevalent, why don’t healthcare organizations offer sabbaticals for their most valued employees?
Emergency department physical therapy (ED PT) offers multiple benefits and is poised to spread across the country, researchers said.
Physical therapists augment ED care teams, the team reported online in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
"Patients receiving ED PT benefit from the physical therapist's expertise in musculoskeletal and vestibular conditions and from the individualized attention provided in a typical bedside evaluation and treatment session, which includes education on expected symptom trajectory, recommendations for activity modulation, and facilitated outpatient follow-up."
In patients with multiple traumas, those who were over 30 years old with severe injuries across more than two body parts were more likely to experience a missed injury upon initial CT scan, according to a recent Radiology study.
Research on the topic has yielded varying missed injury rates, ranging from 3.5 percent to 71.4 percent, according to lead author Nathan Banaste, with CHU Centre Léon Bérard in Lyon, France, and colleagues. These misses can result in grave consequences for all involved, they noted.
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