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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — AROUND FLORIDA
FCEP Board and Committee Meeting Schedule
Wednesday, May 20
9-10 a.m.||EMS Trauma Committee|
|10 a.m.- noon||Joint Medical Economics/Government Affairs Committee|
|Noon – 1 p.m.||Membership & Professional Development Committee|
|1– 2 p.m.||Education & Academic Affairs Committee|
|4:30 – 7 p.m.||Grand Opening of EMLRC (please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.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|
ABEM EMS APPLICATION
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 Oct. 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 Physicians
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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — NATIONAL
Work-life balance in healthcare: The fundamentals
By Catherine Iste
People in careers that revolve around helping others are often the worst at maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Healthcare workers are some of the most challenged employees when it comes to self-care, yet they spend every day helping others with health challenges.
It seems to be a common personality trait among those driven to help others that they put others first. Yet time and again we have all seen that if we take care of ourselves, we can actually help others more.
Hospitals turn to friendlier tools to collect unpaid bills
Marleen Shroyer had never been seriously ill until one day last year when doctors discovered that she had an abscessed and perforated colon. While insurance covered most of her $180,000 medical bill from the July surgery at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, she was on the hook for the $6,000 deductible on her Blue Cross plan.
“I needed help,” said Shroyer, a retiree who shares an insurance plan with her husband, who is also retired. “I don't know how people are paying it.”
Novel ER treatment protocol for AF cuts admissions, hospital length of stay
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A novel, multidisciplinary treatment protocol that adheres to "best practices" for the management of atrial-fibrillation patients in the emergency department significantly reduced hospital admission rates and hospital length of stay, according to the results of a new study. "Each physician or emergency-room provider treats [atrial-fibrillation] patients in different ways," senior investigator Dr Moussa Mansour (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston) told heartwire from Medscape. "Some patients get admitted, some patients go home.
ER super-users have higher risk of death
Although many hospital administrators view patients who frequently turn up at the emergency room as a nuisance, new research shows that these "super-users" have unmet needs and are at a high risk of death compared to patients who don't usually seek emergency care. The study, published online in the Emergency Medicine Journal, conducted a systemic review of 31 observational studies on the mortality and health outcomes of ER super-users compared to non-frequent users of the emergency department.
How common are adverse cardiac events after a visit to the ER for chest pain?
Is it safe to discharge a patient home after a negative evaluation for chest pain in the emergency department?
In 2010, according to data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Care Medical Survey, there were over 7 million emergency department (ED) visits for chest pain, making up 5.4 percent of all ED visits in the U.S. In fact, based on data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in 2006 alone, nearly $11 billion was spent on admission and observation of patients with chest pain.
National spike in synthetic marijuana emergencies
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Calls to poison control centers in the United States related to synthetic marijuana spiked in April, and May could be a record month as well, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).
Between January 1, 2015, and May 6, 2015, poison control centers received reports of 2714 exposures to synthetic marijuana. There were 359 reported exposures in January, 273 in February, and 269 in March. The number jumped to 1512 cases in April; for May, there have been 301 cases as of May 6.
Local anesthesia may be best for infants during surgery
New research suggests infants may recover better after some kinds of surgery if they receive local anesthesia — which only numbs part of the body — instead of being "knocked out" completely with general anesthesia.
Young patients who had local anesthesia were less likely to suffer from disrupted breathing following hernia surgery, the study found.
Insomniacs may be more sensitive to pain
People with insomnia or poor sleep quality may be less tolerant of pain, new research suggests. The more frequent and severe the insomnia, the greater the sensitivity to pain, the Norwegian study showed. Additionally, the researchers noted that people with insomnia who also suffer from chronic pain have an even lower threshold for physical discomfort.
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