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Dear FCEP Members,
August begins the new year for FCEP and FEMF Committees. We rely on our members to provide insight and direction on many elements of the FCEP’s Strategic Direction. Committees meet on a quarterly basis in person with conference call in available for most meetings. If you are interested in participating on one (or more) of the following Committees please indicate so and return form to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Please feel free to call FCEP – Beth Brunner if you have any questions – 407-281-7396 ext. 224 or use the email above and the question will be routed to Beth. If you do sign up for a committee, it is important that you do participate.
Please respond by July 20, 2017. Committees will meet next at Symposium by the Sea, in Boca Raton on Thursday, August 3, 2017.
ACEP is searching for writers to contribute new articles for ACEP’s Doc Blog on the Emergency Care For You Website.
Please email email@example.com if you’re interested in writing about one of the below topics or if you have any other ideas. They’re looking for people to write 400-500 words on a consumer-related topic written from an emergency physician’s perspective. Below are some topic ideas:
- Bike injuries that involved not wearing a helmet
- Can you drink too much water? What’s the risk of overhydrating?
- Staying healthy when traveling
- Boating injuries
- How technology is changing the way I do my job.
- Did you treat a shark attack victim? (this could be interesting)
- Fire dangers/ Brush fire dangers – people clearing brush from their property, etc.
- Sexually transmitted diseases – what can bring people to the ED
- Snake bites
- Dealing with patients with dementia/Alzheimer’s
- Spotting the signs of dating violence
- Electric shock injuries
- Texting while walking injures
- Common foot injuries
- Drug shortages and how it affects your job
- Ambulance diversion
- How has technology helped you do your job differently. (What do you rely on now that didn’t exist when you started your career?)
- CT Scans in the ED
- Dangers of food poisoning
- Common camping injuries
- An example of a patient who waited too long before going to the ED
- What is stroke?
- Stroke in women
- Stroke in children
The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) is partnering with GE Healthcare to fund research that identifies innovative applications of ultrasound imaging in the care of patients in shock and/or new developments in the use of ventilator technology in emergency medicine. Up to four $50,000 awards (plus equipment) will be funded plus an opportunity (though social media) for one of the four grantees to secure an extra $150,000 in funds to expand their research scope. Deadline is August 31, 2017. Apply today.
Please share this research opportunity with your colleagues and encourage applications. We want to ensure this project is successful so that EMF can continue a partnership with GE and hopefully use this as a model to secure additional emergency medicine research funding partners.
For more information, click here.
The current opioid crisis has brought renewed interest in nonpharmacologic pain management. Nonpharmacologic techniques (alone or as adjuncts) may decrease use and/or dose of opioids, procedure times, length of stay and adverse events. The Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (PAMI) website offers several free access nonpharmacologic resources and tools for children and adults, including a Distraction Toolkit and materials from a recent pilot course:
Materials are adaptable to your ED, EMS agency or hospital. To learn more or download the toolkit, click here.
- Stepwise Approach to Pain Management
- Behavioral Responses to Pain by Developmental Stage
- Conversation and Therapeutic Language
- Psychological & Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
- Distraction Techniques and Apps for Guided Imagery, Music, Games and More!
- Physical (sensory) Interventions such as Comfort Positioning or Hot/Cold Treatments
- Distraction Toolkit Development and Components
- Case Scenarios and Videos
We have a limited supply of assembled toolboxes with select distraction tools. If you would like to request a toolbox, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Symposium by the Sea is an educational opportunity designed for the busy emergency physician, resident, nurse, physician assistant, and allied health professionals with a high-demand for information regarding their ever-changing practice environment. In addition to education sessions, the conference features other exciting events such as Simulation Wars "SimWars", Florida EM Resident's Case Presentation Competition (CPC), Wine, Beer & Cheese Reception with Exhibitors, Medical Student Forum, EM Resident's Association of Florida Networking Reception, and social events on Friday and Saturday Evenings.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!
For more information on the hotel, an agenda overview, program accreditation and registration fees, CLICK HERE.
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.
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For more information on the hotel, an agenda overview, program accreditation and registration fees, please click here.
Save the dates and mark your calendar with all of FCEP's upcoming events!
Click here to see the 2017 FCEP Annual Calendar!
- FL EM Written Board Review Course 2017 – August 21-24, 2017 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, FL: REGISTER TODAY!
- Symposium by the Sea 2017 – August 3-6, 2017 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, FL: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
- Life After Residency 2017 – September 26 & 27, 2017 at the B Resort & Spa Orlando – REGISTRATION OPENING SOON!
- APP Skills Camp – Fall 2017 – September 14-15, 2017in Orlando, FL – REGISTER TODAY!
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Every minute of every day, three Americans call a poison control center because they've made a major mistake with their medication. Some have taken the wrong dose. Some have double-dosed, and others have taken the wrong medicine altogether. The result: the rate of serious mix-ups has doubled since 2000, a new study reports. Four out of 10 mistakes involve heart medications, painkillers or hormone therapy prescriptions, including insulin. And the errors often put patients in the hospital, the study found.
By Dr. Abimbola Farinde
The FDA recently added another drug to its growing list of medications that have been removed from the market due to concerns over risk outweighing the clinical benefit of the drug. Typically, drugs are pulled because of harmful side effects, but Opana ER is the first drug to be recognized by the FDA as causing harm related to the potential for abuse and addiction. This was largely the result of the increasingly prevalence of the opioid crisis in America.
The New York Times
Why would an older person essentially discharge himself from a hospital, defying a physician’s recommendation and signing a daunting form that acknowledges he is leaving A.M.A. — against medical advice? Attend the tale of William Callahan.
Only about one in three children with anaphylaxis presenting to a busy pediatric hospital emergency department (ED) or urgent care center (UCC) received epinephrine before arrival, even though the life-saving medication had been previously prescribed to about half of them, researchers report. Just 50 percent of the children received epinephrine upon arrival for treatment, while about 65 percent had experienced a previous anaphylactic reaction, according to a retrospective review of medical records from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
U.S. News & World Report
It's no secret that both New Hampshire and Vermont lack a sufficient number of beds for people suffering mental health crises, forcing emergency rooms at local hospitals to serve as holding stations while patients wait for a bed to open up in an appropriate facility. With New Hampshire down to 168 beds at New Hampshire Hospital and Vermont's 45 beds spread across the state psychiatric hospital, Brattleboro Retreat and Rutland Regional Medical Center, those emergency room stays can be lengthy.
Stroke survivors may experience delayed recovery of limb function up to decades after injury, according to a new case study. The article, published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurophysiology, was chosen as an APSselect article for July. The subject of the study is a man who suffered a stroke at age 15, leaving his left hand nonfunctional even after a regimen of physical therapy.
An overwhelming number of people — nearly three in four Americans — say that health insurance companies must be required to cover emergency medicine services as part of any health care replacement bill before Congress, according to a new poll by Morning Consult.
Elderly patients who receive emergency care after a fall may be more likely to suffer adverse events in the months following that care, according to a new study. Researchers studied a group of 350 patients aged 65 and over who were treated in the ER for injuries after a fall, and found that half suffered an adverse event within six months. For 27 patients, or 7.7 percent of the study group, this occurred within the first seven days after treatment.
Experiencing physical, sexual or emotional abuse as a child, or other stresses such as living in a household affected by domestic violence, substance abuse or mental illness, can lead to higher levels of health service use throughout adulthood. A research paper in the Journal of Health Service Research & Policy provides, for the first time, the statistical evidence showing that, regardless of socio-economic class or other demographics, people who have adverse childhood experiences use more health and medical services through their lifetime.
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