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Per FCEP Bylaws and ACEP Allocation of Councillors for Florida, FCEP has 17 Councillor positions, 4 alternates (per FCEP Bylaws) for the October 14-15 ACEP Council Meeting to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
FCEP currently has 12 Councillors who were either elected last year (two-year term), or serve as Immediate Past President, President, or President-elect.
There are five positions available for the 2016-2017 term.
If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 10, including information on your involvement listed in this pdf.
FCEP would like to thank the hundreds of hard-working emergency medicine residents that are members of our organization. #EMdocsrock
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The Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation and Florida College of Emergency Physicians’ Emergency Medicine Written Board Review Course is designed to prepare residents for their qualifying exams and seasoned physicians for the recertification ConCert exam. This 4-day course provides a comprehensive review of the core content. In addition, we will define the key approaches for the acute management of commonly presenting emergency medical conditions. This comprehensive review is also perfect for advanced practice providers, nurses and other health professionals seeking emergency medicine education. Faculty from University of Florida (Jacksonville & Gainesville), University of South Florida, Florida Hospital, Orlando Health, and Mount Sinai Medical College (New York & Miami) have teamed up to bring you this powerful, comprehensive Emergency Medicine Board Review Course.
Click here for more information and to register today!
- A four day all-inclusive program
- Created and delivered by expert faculty from various academic institutions & residency programs
- Ideal for physicians preparing for recertification, residents preparing for qualifying exams, or the medical professional looking for an intensive overview of emergency medicine
- Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Don’t forget about these upcoming FCEP events.
The EMLRC has been a leader in lifesaving education throughout the United Sates for over 20 years and is both a CECBEMS and Florida Department of Health accredited provider of continuing education for the EMS community.
EMLRC’s EMT Refresher Course is for the practicing EMT wishing to re-certify. It both meets and exceeds the Florida Department of Health Bureau of EMS’ and the NREMT’s re-certification requirements as it offers a maximum of 32 hours of continuing education. The course includes topics on airway management, patient assessment, and medical and trauma emergencies. Participants will also have the opportunity to re-certify in CPR/BLS.
To register, click here. To view the agenda click here. For more information on hotels, click here.
Below are a list of links where FCEP leaders have been in the news, educating Floridians on the issue of balance billing:
“Don't tear safety net” by Kristin McCabe, M.D., published in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Congratulations to them and all their hard work!
“Bid to end 'surprise billing' by health care providers hits home stretch” by Ron Hurtibise featuring FCEP President Dr. Steven Kailes, published by the Sun-Sentinel.
"Legislature working to stop insurance company practice of 'balance billing'" by Dr. Andrew Bern, published in the Sun-Sentinel
FCEP President Dr. Steven Kailes will be interviewed on Jacksonville’s WJCT radio show tomorrow at 9 a.m. on this issue of balance billing.
Visit http://www.wjct.org/ at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 3 to listen to his live, call-in segment!
Save the dates and mark your calendar with all of FCEP's upcoming events!
Click here to see the 2015-2016 FCEP Annual Calendar.
Don't forget the next FCEP committee meetings, FCEP Board meeting and FEMF Board meeting are on April 20 and 21!
Part of FCEP’s mission is to advance emergency medicine and improve access to emergency care through advocacy. Help to further this cause by supporting these Political Action Committees (click on the link below to donate):
Physicians for Emergency Care (PEC) and Emergency Care for Florida
Intranasal analgesics can provide effective pain control, especially during difficult IV access in the ED or EMS setting. Remember to use an atomizer, the most concentrated solution, and divide total dose between each nostril to enhance absorption. The PAMI Pain Management and Dosing Guide provides a quick reference to the most commonly used intranasal medications. Dosing ranges should be used as a general guide and adapted to specific patient characteristics such as age and comorbidities.
For a free laminated trifold pocket card email us at email@example.com or call 904-244-8617. The PAMI team would appreciate your feedback on the dosing guide, including how it has improved patient care and safety.
For more information visit the Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (PAMI) at http://pami.emergency.med.jax.ufl.edu/. Follow PAMI on Facebook at https://goo.gl/OMRHMe.
Committee interest for FY 2016-17 is now open. Various ACEP publications will outline the process for members and information is also on the ACEP web site. 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 16, 2016.
Health News Florida
Facing a nearly $400 million cut in the coming fiscal year, House and Senate budget negotiators agreed on a plan for divvying up money in the Low Income Pool program, which helps pay for hospital care for poor and uninsured patients.
Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Chairman Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, said the plan is aimed at mitigating the cuts for hospitals that provide large amounts of charity care. It includes a four-tier formula for distributing money based on the amounts of charity care that hospitals provide.
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When you head to the emergency room, you almost expect stress — the long waits, the hubbub of other patients and the endless, seemingly discombobulated stream of doctors and nurses.
But for patients with autism, a neurological disorder that affects communication and can make people sensitive to stimulation, that stress can be so overwhelming that it undermines their ability to get the treatment they need.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm is the 13th leading cause of death in the United States, so prompt recognition and management of symptomatic patients is key, as is prevention in at-risk patients. Asymptomatic patients are far more commonly encountered than symptomatic patients in clinical practice. All clinicians must recognize the presenting signs and symptoms consistent with AAA and an imminent or active rupture as well as factors that contribute to AAA. Clinical indications are nonspecific and the physical examination has little sensitivity, with little prognostic indication of a positive outcome. Because symptom development is a late clinical finding, prevention focuses on targeting risk factors and reducing modifiable ones.
From October 2014 to September 2015, more Americans died than during the same period one year earlier, according to a preliminary analysis of death records.
The age-adjusted death rate in the United States for the 12-month period ending with the third quarter of 2015 was 731.4 deaths per 100,000 population, up from a rate of nearly 720 per 100,000 during the same period a year earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.
Advance Healthcare Network
With mentally ill patients in crisis often forced to board up to a week in crowded emergency departments (EDs) due to a lack of psychiatric hospital beds, leading to higher costs and poorer outcomes, over-burdened EDs are struggling to find solutions.
To ensure better care and meet demand, CEP America, one of the nation's largest democratic physician partnerships, has introduced the nation's first Psychiatric Emergency Medicine practice, a comprehensive program that includes Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES), crisis stabilization units and Telepsychiatry.
By Jessica Taylor
A recent study published in PLOS One showed that the clinician-patient relationship has an effect on healthcare outcomes. There's no denying that clinicians have a high-stress job atmosphere, but that shouldn't take away from the bedside manner given to patients. Whether you're on the phone or in person, your tone, mannerisms and appearance all take a toll on the patient. That said, it can also take a toll on your professional career.
For the small segment of the emergency population whose acute behavioral disturbance does not respond to traditional sedation, ketamine appears to be effective and safe, according to an Australian study published online last Thursday in Annals of Emergency Medicine.
"Difficult to sedate patients with behavioral disturbances are highly problematic for emergency department staff," said Geoff Isbister, M.D., of the Clinical Toxicology Research Group at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia.
Medscape (free login required)
Levetiracetam is as safe and effective as phenytoin for the treatment of status epilepticus, according to data presented here at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 45th Critical Care Congress.
Levetiracetam is a newer drug, so data on its use in the first-line setting are limited. But the incidence of adverse effects is lower in the first 24 hours after treatment, as is the need for additional medications to control seizures, Jaclyn O'Connor, PharmD, from Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Florida, told Medscape Medical News.
HealthDay News via DoctorsLounge
The number of after-hours computed tomography (CT) scans referred by Australian emergency departments increased substantially from 2011 to 2013, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology.
Stacy K. Goergen, M.B.B.S., from Monash Imaging in Clayton, Australia, and colleagues surveyed four nights (between August and December 2013) to assess the number of emergency department patients having one or more CT scans; scan total images; non-contrast head CTs; and total number of emergency department patients.
Zika virus may harm a fetus to a greater degree than previously suggested, potentially causing a range of life-threatening birth defects, a new report says.
The stillborn baby of a 20-year-old Brazilian woman infected with Zika had almost no brain tissue, which is a birth defect called hydraencephaly, according to the case study.
The fetus also suffered from microcephaly. Children with this birth defect have underdeveloped heads and brains. Most troubling, the fetus also showed the first reported birth defect potentially caused by Zika that affected a part of the body other than the central nervous system, according to the report authors.
By Bob Kowalski
Concussions are prevalent at all levels of sports, often stalling or ending the athletic careers of professional athletes and school-age children alike. The injuries are widespread in the military, too, causing the branches to lose the services of valuable trained recruits. It seems as though an entire industry has popped up around the affliction, exploring causes, prevention and cures. That doesn't mean there's a consensus on any aspect of concussions, though.
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