May. 14, 2015

Pediatric Pain Management

Pediatric Pain Management
Presented by John Misdary, MD
Launch Date: May 19 at 2 p.m. ET
Target Audience: EMS Professionals
Offered FREE of charge with CME.
Registration has been simplified.
Please click on this NEW link for details and registration.


Ebola Cvent

EMTs | Paramedics | Nurses | Physicians

5 cutting-edge webinars, hosted through ReadyTalk,
specially designed to train and educate EMS professionals
on how to identify and respond to the latest infectious diseases.
Presented from February to June, 2015.

May 26, 2015 — 1 pm ET
June 23, 2015 — 1 pm ET

For more details, CLICK HERE.

Feel free to review the FAQs on the registration site
or email cdhountal@emlrc.org with any questions or concerns.

Registration for each webinar will open one week prior to the launch date.More

Clincon 2015

Registration is now open!
Click here to register.

For over 40 years CLINCON has provided the highest quality education to EMS professionals by integrating prehospital care research and cutting edge clinical practice. CLINCON offers the continuum of emergency medicine professionals an all-encompassing educational experience that focuses on strengthening practical skills and enhancing clinical knowledge in order to provide the highest-quality of care to their patients.


Symposium by the Sea

Registration for Symposium by the Sea 2015 is NOW OPEN.
For more details and to reserve your hotel room, CLICK HERE.



Sanford, Kissimmee get Level 2 trauma centers
Orlando Sentinel
Central Floridians now have access to two more Level 2 trauma centers, which can treat patients with critical injuries, including car accidents, stabbings and shootings. The trauma centers are at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford and Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee.More

Scott names hospital panel without hospital executives
Health News Florida
Gov. Rick Scott on Monday appointed nine people — none of them hospital executives, and only one of whom appears to have significant medical experience — to a commission meant to examine the economics of health care and hospitals in Florida. The appointments to Scott's Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding came as industry officials are still digesting the governor's call to have hospitals share profits like Major League Baseball teams if federal officials decide not to extend a $2.2 billion program that helps pay for the care of uninsured patients.More

New emergency medicine learning and resource center celebrates its grand opening
Leaders of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians and the Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation will gather in Orlando on May 20 to celebrate the grand opening of the new Emergency Medicine Learning and Resource Center (EMLRC). Community leaders as well as members of the emergency medicine community abroad will also be joining the festivities. The 9,400 sq. ft. center will provide high-tech simulation training for lifesavers education, paramedic and EMT recertification, and advocacy for all EMS professionals pursuing better access to quality patient care.More

Obama administration's snub of Florida hospitals funds has other states on edge
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
The Obama administration rebuffed Florida's Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to extend federal funds for hospitals that treat the uninsured, increasing the pressure on states that have refused to expand coverage for low-income people under the president's healthcare law. The decision means Florida's already acrimonious state budget process will likely become tenser. The standoff also has implications for eight other states, including Texas, which draw billions of dollars from the same pool of hospital funds. More

EMS profession celebrates EMS Week with the theme 'EMS Strong' May 17-23
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), announces that EMS Week will kick off the 365-day initiative “EMS Strong” beginning on May 17. The EMS Strong campaign is being launched to unify and inspire all EMS agencies and practitioners and to increase confidence about these lifesaving professionals among the public, the healthcare community and national and state level officials. More

FCEP Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

FCEP Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, May 20
9-10 a.m.EMS Trauma Committee
10 a.m.- noonJoint Medical Economics/Government Affairs Committee
Noon – 1 p.m.Membership & Professional Development Committee
1– 2:30 p.m.Education & Academic Affairs Committee
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.EMRAF
4:30 – 7 p.m.Grand Opening of EMLRC (please RSVP to apatel@emlrc.org)

Thursday, May 21
9 a.m. – Noon FCEP Board of Directors Meeting
Noon - 1 p.m. Joint FCEP/FEMF Lunch
1 – 4 p.m. FEMF Board of Directors Meeting

ACEP Committee Interest 2015-16 — due by May 18

Committee interest for FY 2015-16 is now open. Various ACEP publications will outline the process for members and information is also on the ACEP website. Members interested in serving on a committee, and who are not currently serving on a national committee, must submit a completed committee interest form and CV by May 18, 2015.

The CV and any letters of support from the chapter can be attached to the online form (preferred), emailed to me at mfletcher@acep.org, or mailed to me at ACEP headquarters. Chapter input is invaluable to this process. If you have personal knowledge of the level of commitment and talent exhibited by the interested member, please consider submitting a letter of support.

The online application form is found here. After completion of the form, you should receive an acknowledgement that your committee interest form has been submitted. If you do not receive this message, please contact me by email or phone.

The committee selection process will occur in mid-June and applicants will be notified by the end of July. Members chosen to serve on committees will serve a minimum of one year, beginning with the committee’s organizational meeting held during the annual meeting in Chicago, Oct. 27-30, 2014. (Funding is not provided to attend the organizational meeting.)

PLEASE NOTE: Current committee members DO NOT need to complete a committee interest form. Current committee members will soon receive the annual committee evaluation form and will have the opportunity to indicate their preference for next year.More


ACEP and NAEMSP are planning to again partner and offer the EMS Subspecialty Board Review courses before the ABEM exam in the Fall. We are looking at offering the review course at 3 locations, Atlanta, Dallas, and then in Boston the weekend before the ACEP15 educational courses begin on October 23-25. We don’t have exact dates on the Atlanta or Dallas course yet but will post them as soon as they are finalized.

Rick Murray, EMT-P
Director, Dept of EMS and Disaster Preparedness
American College of Emergency PhysiciansMore

Open Payments: Data review and dispute underway for physicians — log in today
The CMS Blog
In its second year, the Open Payments program continues to promote transparency and accountability in health care by providing consumers with information about financial relationships between drug and medical device manufacturers and physicians and teaching hospitals. The data posted has been viewed nearly 6 million times and we’re pleased with the continuing engagement of stakeholders on this important transparency initiative.More

Emergency room violence prompts hospitals to tighten security
Healthcare Finance
Several recent high-profile attacks against healthcare workers in U.S. hospitals have exposed dangerous flaws with security at healthcare providers, prompting hospitals administrators and even lawmakers to look for ways to better safeguard staff. In California, a bill recently approved in the state Assembly seeks to close one dangerous loophole in hospital security. More

A hospital's experiment leads to better patient flow and care
Medscape (free login required)
A recent article in the American Journal of Medical Quality describes the Patient Flow Management Center (PFMC) at the three-hospital, 935-bed Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals system in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which resulted in improvements in rates of emergency department (ED) walkouts, ED and post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) boarding, ambulance diversion, and average elapsed time from ED door to hospital bed.More

Fewer ED visits vs. right care at right time
Health Leaders Media
A report from the American College of Emergency Physicians disputes the need to focus on reducing emergency department visits. A short online survey that captured the opinions of 2,009 emergency physicians (a 9 percent response rate of its membership) showed that ED physicians had seen increases in ED traffic over last year. The sample size of the survey is small, but it reflects the reality of rising ED rates across the country.More

Care and outcomes of patients with in-hospital stroke
JAMA Neurology
Compared with those with community-onset stroke, patients with in-hospital stroke had delays in investigations and treatment, suggesting a need for a standardized approach to the recognition and management of in-hospital stroke, with the aim of ensuring access to rapid acute stroke care.More

Predictive analytics, Twitter big data forecast asthma ED use
Health IT Analytics
Social media has always been about capitalizing on what’s trending, and for healthcare big data scientists, those top-ten tweets and hashtags may now help to save lives. Researchers at the University of Arizona are using predictive analytics algorithms to scan Twitter for mentions of asthma-related events that may drive patients to their local emergency departments in an effort to forecast utilization and help providers improve chronic disease management for these patients.More

Hospital designs make room for technology
Hospital design efforts are switching to accommodate technology's rising role in care and help improve patient safety, according to an article at U.S. News and World Report. One example, according to the article, is Dayton Children's Hospital in Ohio, which is spending $141 million to upgrade its campus, and inaugurated a new data center in February. When nurses enter a room in the new building, their name and picture pop up on a bedside TV so the patient can identify them.More

Study finds hospital variation in outcomes for extremely premature infants
The Medical News
Extremely premature infants born at 22 to 25 weeks of gestation have low rates of survival, and many of those infants who live have severe or moderate neurodevelopmental impairments. Thus, clinicians and families face the extremely difficult decision to either provide active, potentially lifesaving treatment at birth, or just provide comfort care. Furthermore, a wide, unexplained between-hospital variation in survival and impairment rates leaves it unclear whether treatment will be in the infant's interest.More

Little known disease accounts for 4 in 10 hospital deaths
Healthline News
There’s a disease you’ve likely never heard of that kills more people every year than breast or prostate cancer. In fact, it accounts for 4 in 10 hospital deaths, but less than half of people in the United States have ever heard of it.More

The evolution of chronic opioid therapy and recognizing addiction
Chronic pain is one of the most common complaints in the United States. Opioids have become a frequently prescribed treatment for patients with chronic nonmalignant pain. Concurrently, opioid use disorders have risen to epidemic levels. Studies investigating iatrogenic opioid addiction have been of limited quality. Aberrant drug-related behaviors may be warning signs of impending addiction. Proper screening and close monitoring are essential for managing patients on opioids for chronic nonmalignant pain.More

New guide helps doctors, nurses to identify hospital patients who may benefit from urinary catheter
What's the only thing worse than having a urinary catheter when you're in the hospital? Having one and getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) — or worse — as a result. Now, a new detailed guide gives doctors and nurses information to help decide which hospital patients may benefit from a urinary catheter — and which ones don't. And that should help spare patients the pain, embarrassment, and potentially serious side effects that can come with having a catheter placed — which may bring more risk than benefit to the patient.More

Limiting antidepressant side effects in children
Currently, antidepressants carry a "black box warning" cautioning people that the pills can cause an increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. But researchers in a new study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry have taken a closer look at what exactly is causing these behaviors and how to avoid them.More

No difference between 3 methods of catheter ablation for persistent atrial fibrillation
2 Minute Medicine
In patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, percutaneous catheter ablation has been found to be an effective treatment, especially in individuals who are not well managed using antiarrhythmic drugs. Catheter ablation is more challenging in individuals with persistent atrial fibrillation and has not been found to be as effective. A procedure known as substrate modification is often performed in addition to pulmonary-vein isolation in order to improve outcomes in these patients. This study compared three different methods of catheter ablation to manage persistent atrial fibrillation.More

Immune system stays depleted up to 3 years post measles
HealthDay News
Children who survive a measles infection remain vulnerable to other potentially deadly infections for as long as two or three years after the measles infection, according to research published in the May 8 issue of Science. Researchers analyzed public health data from before and after mass measles vaccinations began in Denmark, England, Wales and the United States. They verified that the childhood mortality rate in those countries did indeed fall by about 50 percent following the introduction of the measles vaccine.More