Oct. 22, 2014

FCEP/FEMF Capital Campaign Update

Great progress has been made in the construction of the new EMLRC, future home of FCEP and FEMF. This would not have been possible without the generous contributions of individuals and groups who are passionately committed to furthering emergency medicine. We are so grateful to all who have supported our cause!

The Capital Campaign still has a long way to go to raise 2 million in 3 years. We cannot reach our goal without the continued support of all FCEP members, and everyone who values lifesaving education and advocacy for emergency medicine professionals. All FCEP members should have received a “call-to-action” letter and pledge card from FCEP president, Dr. Ashley Booth-Norse. Please consider carefully what you ought to give.





Orlando Marriott Lake Mary
1501 International Pkwy
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Make hotel reservations by calling 1-800-380-7724 and mentioning the EMLRC 2014 Stroke Program. The cut-off date for room block reservations is Oct. 23, 2014.


COMMITTEE MEETINGS - Wednesday, Nov. 12
Lunch will be served.

BOARD MEETINGS - Thursday, Nov. 13 Lunch will be served.More

Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014

Why should you attend this program?
Listen to what program chair, Dr. Jay Falk has to say ...


Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014:
Defining the State of the Art and the Science

Nov. 13-14, 2014
Orlando, FL
Hotel reservation deadline has been extended to Oct. 30

All providers involved with acute care as well as hospital managers and administrators will benefit from this dynamic program that provides a comprehensive overview of best practices in acute stroke care. To view the brochure for this event, click here.More

EM Days 2015


Neuro Trauma Update 2014 — Oct. 23
Tampa General Hospital
MacInnes Auditorium, Tampa General Hospital
Registration begins at 09:00 a.m.


Be sure to Vote ... Election Day is rapidly approaching

FCEP would like to share a list of candidates we are supporting through our Political Action Committees, Physicians for Emergency Care (PEC) and Emergency Care for Florida (ECF).

To see the list of State Senator General Election 2014, click here.
To see the list of State Representative General Election 2014, click here.

If you would like to contribute to our PAC’s, here is the link to the FCEP website/PC, click here.More

Florida to spend millions on Ebola preparation
Health News Florida
The nation's Ebola crisis has yet to reach Florida, but state officials want to spend millions to prepare for a possible outbreak. This week, top health official asked for permission to redirect money from federal grants to buy full body suits for health care workers who may have contact with any potential victims of the virus.More

Health First expands partnership with Florida Hospital
Florida Today
Health First Health Plans has announced a sweeping expansion of its partnership with Orlando-based Florida Hospital, nearly doubling the number of policyholders and giving Medicare Advantage clients access to organ transplants.More

Head of healthcare union in South Florida urges more Ebola preparedness
Federal officials held an informational conference call on Ebola Monday and among the thousands of people listening was the head of the local Healthcare Workers Union that represents 4,000 healthcare workers. “You were on the call today,” asked CBS4’s Brian Andrews. “Yes, I was on the call with the HHS,” said Jackson Memorial Hospital nurse Martha Baker and head of the union. “The real tricky part is identifying the patient before you know, and that’s the place where the public gets exposed, other patients, and other caregivers, when no one knows.” More

Sickest Medicaid kids in 'chaos,' doctors say
Health News Florida
Florida pediatricians who care for severely disabled children say the state's overhaul of Medicaid has left kids, parents and caregivers in turmoil. Extremely fragile children, including some with tracheostomies and feeding tubes, face barriers in access to specialty care, physical therapy, home medical supplies and other urgent needs, the pediatricians say. More

Why are healthcare workers getting infected with Ebola? We were not prepared
By Joan Spitrey
With the current infections of two direct caregivers, questions have surfaced regarding the preparedness of our hospitals and healthcare staff in the United States. As of this article, there have been no reports of the mode of transmission and/or contamination of the two healthcare workers. When Pham was diagnosed, the CDC was quick to blame the nurse for not following protocols. That was followed by the statement that the protocols were being evaluated. This raised the question that if the protocol was sufficient and the nurse was "to blame for her infection," why the sudden need to change the protocols? More

CDC announces faster test for enterovirus D68
The Hill
Federal health officials announced on Oct. 14 that they've developed a faster lab test to diagnose the rare enterovirus D68 amid a large outbreak of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the test would come in handy as the agency moves through a backlog of roughly 1,000 specimens submitted since mid-September. The new lab test will reduce what would normally take several weeks to get results to a few days. A handful of children have died while infected with the virus.More

Study shows complications of dermatology cases in ED
By Lynn Hetzler
More than 75 percent of all dermatology complaints seen in emergency departments are acute rather than chronic, according to research results presented at the 23rd European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress. Priyanka Vedak from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and her colleagues conducted the study in hopes of evaluating the dermatologic diagnoses in the emergency department there, and to assess the use of dermatology consultations. More

What role do emergency rooms play in the healthcare system?
Medical Daily
While many people hope that increasing insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act will lead to a decrease in emergency room visits, access to Medicaid may actually be linked to an increased use of emergency services among adults. And what about children? An analysis of emergency room visits by children, teens, and young adults in California found that rates increased across the uninsured as well as the insured, no matter their group. "Shifts in insurance (from private and no insurance to Medicaid) during the recession likely influenced the trends during this time," wrote the authors in their conclusion.More

New test reduces trial-and-error process for mental health drugs
By Rachael Mattice
Picking up a prescription from the pharmacy always includes general warnings. When it comes to more complex medications that are used to treat mental health disorders — such as antidepressants or antipsychotics — a patient can expect a printout of warning labels with possible adverse effects that are dangerous and symptomatically worse than the condition being initially treated. Substantial advances have been made in the field of genomic medicine since the decoding of the human genome in 2001. One such advance is known as pharmacogenetic testing.More

4 ways cameras are changing healthcare
When discussing innovation in healthcare technology, much of the terminology is exotic-sounding and futuristic. Recent examples include: functional MRIs to detect lies, active cancellation of tremor to stabilize food utensils for Parkinson's patients and virtual assistant apps for people with cognitive disabilities. But it's important to remember that a lot of progress can be and is made by applying older technologies in new, transformative ways. Take, for example, the camera. Here are four new and exciting ways that cameras will impact the clinical landscape in the years ahead. More

More children receiving medical care in the emergency room
HealthDay News via Healthcare Professionals Network
More children are going to the emergency department for health care, according to a research letter published in the Oct. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Children's visits to the emergency department in California hospitals increased 11 percent between 2005 and 2010. At the start of the study, 2.5 million children were seen in the emergency department. By 2010, 2.8 million children visited the emergency department each year.More

High blood sugar may worsen spinal cord injury
Scientists have discovered yet another reason to curb sugar consumption: high levels of it in the blood may make recovery after spinal cord injury harder. Controlling blood sugar levels in patients with spinal cord injury could potentially help doctors prevent additional neurological deterioration. In mice models of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and in a retrospective analysis of human patients, researchers found a link between hyperglycemia and poorer outcomes after spinal cord injury. More

Spike in ER use short-lived after Medicaid expansion
MedPage Today
While the Medicaid expansion may lead to a dramatic rise in emergency room use and hospitalizations for previously uninsured people, that increase is largely temporary and should not lead to a dramatic impact on state budgets, according to an analysis from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released Wednesday. Researchers reviewed 2 years of claims data from nearly 200,000 Californians, including a group who had enrolled in public programs well in advance of the expansion of Medi-Cal,the state's version of Medicaid, in January. More

Thyroid storm-induced multi-organ failure in the setting of gestational trophoblastic disease
Journal of Emergency Medicine
Thyroid storm is a potentially life-threatening complication of gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD), with varying clinical severity. It should be considered in patients with GTD, abnormal vital signs, and clinical signs of hyperthyroidism. More

UCLA study offers hope on emergency room crowding
Los Angeles Times
A new UCLA study has found that while people enrolled in low-cost, government-run health plans visit emergency rooms at high rates soon after becoming insured, the number falls dramatically within a year. That's good news, said study author and UCLA professor Dr. Gerald Kominski, because patients' long-neglected health problems are being "addressed during the first year, and because of that there's a drop-off." More

Equity of care: Hospitals tackle health disparities
Healthcare Finance News
This infographic from the American Hospital Association's Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence details findings from their 2013 Diversity and Disparities Survey. The survey highlights both the advancements and additional work needed in eliminating healthcare disparities.More

Predicting geriatric falls following an episode of emergency department care: A systematic review
Academic Emergency Medicine
This study demonstrates the paucity of evidence in the literature regarding ED-based screening for risk of future falls among older adults. The screening tools and individual characteristics identified in this study provide an evidentiary basis on which to develop screening protocols for geriatrics adults in the ED to reduce fall risk.More

Study: Approximately 14 million major medical conditions in US due to smoking
Medical News Today
Approximately 14 million major medical conditions attributable to smoking are suffered by American adults, according to the estimates of a new study. This figure is significantly larger than figures that have been previously reported. The findings of the study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that the disease burden of cigarette smoking in the US "remains immense," write the authors. More

Emergency room visits linked to synthetic pot up significantly in recent years
HealthDay News via Healthcare Professionals Network
The number of visits to U.S. emergency departments linked to synthetic pot — also known as "K2" or "Spice" — have more than doubled in recent years, according to an Oct. 16 report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). "Synthetic cannabinoids are a growing public health risk — made even more dangerous by the widespread misconception that they are safe and legal," SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde said in an administration news release.More

States seek solutions to hospital violence
State legislatures aim to reduce a prevalent problem in the healthcare sector: violence against workers. A resolution in the Georgia legislature this year created a panel to study assaults on hospital staff and make recommendations for future action, according to the Gainesville Times.More