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August 2-5, 2018
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Those interested in learning more about EDie — the tool for tracking patients with the highest needs in emergency departments — are invited to attend a free Lunch & Learn next week.
July 26, 2018
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HB 21 became effective on July 1, 2018. Are you aware of how this new law will affect your practice? Visit our website for a summary of HB 21’s new requirements and to take our new, 2-hour online opioid course.
Safe Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain
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We are looking for FMA delegates to attend House Council meetings at FMA's Annual Meeting on August 4-5, 2018. Delegates must be both FCEP and FMA members. Delegates may vote on action items during Council meetings.
FMA Council Meeting Details:
August 4-5, 2018
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando
Click here for full schedule
Can you attend this meeting? If so, please contact Donna Vennero, Executive Assistant, at email@example.com.
FCEP’s two political committees, Physicians for Emergency Care (PEC) and Emergency Care for Florida (EC), need your support for this important election year. As the largest and most influential emergency physician lobby in the state, our PCs are an active force in Tallahassee, fighting for emergency physician rights and pro-emergency medicine legislation.
We need your help to continue our work. To donate, text “41444” with the message “FCEPPC” or click here to donate online.
September 20-21, 2018
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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
|AUG. 2-5, 2018
||Symposium by the Sea 2018
— Register today!
|SEPT. 20-21, 2018
||Life After Residency — Learn more
|OCT. 1-4, 2018
||ACEP Scientific Assembly
— Visit ACEP.org for more information
|MARCH 11-13, 2019
||Emergency Medicine Days 2019 — Learn more
To see the full calendar, click here.
Many people who attempt suicide end up in an emergency room for immediate treatment. But few of those suicide survivors get the follow-up care they need at a time when they are especially likely to attempt suicide again.
Now, a study shows that a simple intervention conducted by staff in emergency departments can reduce the risk of future attempts.
Hospital staff pay dramatically less attention to hand hygiene when they feel no one is watching, a new study reveals. The research suggests government reported compliance rates are overstated. UNSW medical researchers have found that hand hygiene rates in hospital staff drop sharply when humans undertaking compliance monitoring are replaced by machines.
Dr. Maryann E. Amirshahi was on her way to work at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., hoping her eight-hour shift would be filled with all of the medications she needed to do her job.
But she knew better. As an emergency medicine physician, she knew three of the most common injectable opioid painkillers — morphine, hydromorphone, and fentanyl — would be in short supply.
By Joan Spitrey
As the opioid crisis continues to hold the nation captive, some new, innovative approaches are being attempted to at least manage certain aspects of the crisis. The University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) in Knoxville will now require patients admitted for medical treatments of drug-use-related infections to comply with new conduct rules. The goal is to create a safer environment for both patients and staff.
When researchers from the University of Michigan (UM) and RAND set out to explore the relationship between hospital occupancy and Clostridium difficile infection risk, they expected to find that high census would mean greater risk for infection.
But, after analyzing data for a new study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the team found some surprising results: Patients were more at risk for C. diff infections when the hospital was moderately full.
Clinical Pain Advisor
American emergency medicine physicians have been taking measures to address the ongoing opioid crisis, which affects emergency departments (EDs) throughout the country, according to a clinical review article published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. After assessing current ED protocols for dealing with patients diagnosed with or suspected of opioid use disorder (OUD), the investigators formulated 4 recommendations aiming to better identify individuals with OUD, treat acute withdrawal syndrome, implement medication-assisted therapy (MAT), and transition those affected to outpatient care.
Medscape (free login required)
Fluoroquinolones are the third most commonly prescribed outpatient antibiotic class in the United States in adults, with an estimated 115 prescriptions per 1000 persons annually. In 2016, the FDA issued a black box warning (its strongest warning) to stress serious and disabling adverse events associated with systemic fluoroquinolone use, including damage to tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and the central nervous system.
Urban youngsters are almost twice as likely as rural youth to be hospitalized for gun injuries, a U.S. study suggests. That’s largely because youth 15 to 19 years in cities are almost eight times more likely than rural teens to be hospitalized after firearm assaults, which account for the majority of gun-related injuries for urban youth.
Becker's Hospital Review
Language barriers during medical emergencies may compromise care, highlighting the importance of medical interpreter services in emergency departments, an analysis in Annals of Emergency Medicine found.
A behavioral intervention for teenagers in emergency rooms that was designed to decrease risky drinking may also lower the risk of depression and partner violence — and it may not even require a human to administer.
“The ER is a busy setting and implementing an intervention that does not interrupt the flow of clinical care can be challenging,” lead author Quyen Ngo, PhD, LP, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School said.
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