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ACEP, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) will publish updated joint guidelines, "Pediatric Readiness in the Emergency Department," in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. This policy statement is a revision of the 2009 statement and highlights recent advances in pediatric emergency care that may be incorporated into all EDs. The statement emphasizes the importance of evidence-based guidelines and includes additional recommendations for quality improvement plans focusing on children and disaster preparedness.
"The joint recommendations help improve and standardize care delivery for children of all ages in the emergency department, create best practice benchmarks for emergency departments and strengthen pediatric patient safety efforts," said Vidor Friedman, MD, FACEP, president of ACEP.
Read the Policy Statement Here
By Steve A. McCoy, EMS Administrator at Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight
|EMT/Paramedic License Renewal Deadline Extended to March 31, 2019
In light of Hurricane Michael's devastating consequences, the Florida Department of Health has extended the required renewal date for EMT/Paramedic license renewals to March 31, 2019.
Help us in spreading the word to EMTs and paramedics.
- All EMT/PMD renewals that are set to expire 12/01/2018 have been extended to 03/31/2019.
- All EMT/PMD who are in the process of reactivating their EMT/PMD license that have gone Involuntary/Inactive have been extended to 03/31/2019.
Safe Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain
$25 for FCEP & FHA members | $75 for non-members
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Are you interested in hosting a live program for your group? Learn More Here
Understanding and Managing the Various Clinical Problems Associated with Cocaine Intoxication
By John O'Brien, MD, FACEP
1 hr | 1.0 CME | Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Expires November 27, 2018
There is a large number of clinical emergencies associated with cocaine use. Using a case-based format, we'll explore various cocaine-related problems and describe optimal treatment strategies based on literature and clinical experience. Our goal is to make the learner more comfortable recognizing and managing the many manifestations of cocaine intoxication.
Interested in becoming a Symposium by the Sea 2019 faculty member? We're accepting applications to present until December 12, 2018!
We are particularly interested in presentations with clinical content or those that offer a fresh take on a subject as participants expect to be challenged and informed. Our audience is comprised of emergency medicine physicians, residents, nurses, physician assistants and medical students.
New Speaker Series: Never lectured before? Ever wanted to? This is your chance! Take part in FCEP's New Speakers Series. You will have 15 minutes to deliver any topic relevant to emergency medicine to an audience of your colleague and peers. If interested, please complete the New Speakers Presentation Form in the application packet.
Symposium by the Sea 2019 will be held August 1-4, 2019 at Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Boca Raton, FL.
Learn More & Apply Here
Pelase be advised of a scam affecting DEA registrants. Criminals are identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel and threatening to revoke your DEA license if you don't pay them. Phone numbers are masked or appear as the 1-800 "DEA Registration Support" number.
If you are contacted by a person purporting to work for DEA and seeking money or threatening to suspend your DEA registration, submit the information through "Extortion Scam Online Reporting" posted on the DEA Diversion Control Division's website, www.DEADiversion.usdoj.gov.
Payment Reform Summit: Cost-Effective Care in a Risk-Based World
February 7-8, 2019
EMLRC in Orlando, FL
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FCEP/FEMF and EMRAF are hosting a raffle to raise funds for Dr. Sal Silvestri’s EMS Research Fund, which will soon issue grants to those who are committed to emergency medicine education and research. Participating in our raffle gives you a chance at winning one of three fabulous prizes!
Each ticket will be entered into a random drawing on December 3, 2018. Suggested cash contributions are $10 for 1 ticket, $40 for 5 tickets and $75 for 10 tickets. Ticket sales end December 2, 2018 at 11:59 pm.
November 28, 2018 at EMLRC in Orlando, FL
November 29, 2018 at EMLRC in Orlando, FL
- 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: EMS/Trauma
- 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Membership & Professional Development
- 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Medical Economics & Government Affairs
- 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Lunch Presentation by EvidenceCare
- 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Education & Academic Affairs
- 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: EMRAF
Committee and Board meetings are open to all. Members are encouraged to attend. Call-in numbers will be released once available.
- 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Joint FCEP/FEMF Board of Directors Meeting
View the 2018-19 Board and Committees Here
UPCOMING FCEP & EMLRC EVENTS
|NOV. 28, 2018
||FCEP Committee Meetings, 9 am-4 pm
||EMLRC in Orlando
|NOV. 29, 2018
||Joint FCEP/FEMF Board Meeting, 9 am-1 pm
||EMLRC in Orlando
|DEC. 11, 2018
||FCEP Board of Directors Conference Call, 11 am-12 pm
|FEB. 7-8, 2019
||Payment Reform Summit — Learn More
|MARCH 11-13, 2019
||Emergency Medicine Days 2019 — Learn more
To see the full calendar, click here.
A new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the rate of hospital-acquired infections has gone down a little bit. In 2011, when the CDC last did a survey, about 4 percent of patients got an infection in the hospital. Now that number is down to 3.2 percent, the CDC team reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the numbers are still enormous.
This year marks centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the worst in modern history. Estimates place the total worldwide death toll above 50 million people. But that was 100 years ago, and science and technology have advanced. In 2005, the genome of the 1918 virus was fully sequenced. So it will never, ever happen again. We are safe now, yes? Well, not really.
The New York Times
For decades, medical education has followed a timeworn path — heaps of book learning and lectures, then clinical rotations exposing students to patients. But as technology explodes into patient care (surgeons can preview operations using virtual 3-D images built from a patient's scans), the gap between medical education and real-world care has "become a chasm," said Marc Triola, director of New York University's Institute for Innovations in Medical Education, created in 2013 to address the issue. "The healthcare delivery system is changing every day," he said, "and our medical education system has been lagging."
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute via Medical Xpress
Age and sex must be taken into consideration when looking at children's recovery after a concussion, say researchers at the CHEO Research Institute. In a new article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, authors describe how the common symptoms following concussion improve by both age and sex over time. In "Natural Progression of Symptom Change and Recovery From Concussion in a Pediatric Population", they found that the length of time for symptom improvement after concussion in children and adolescents varied across age groups and sex. What stands out in the study is the recovery rates between adolescent girls and boys.
An increasing number of children are showing up in U.S. emergency rooms in the throes of a mental health crisis, researchers report. And the increases are seen in minority children, in particular. It's not clear why, but the researchers say their findings are startling. "It's really disheartening. Community resources for mental health, especially for youth, are incredibly scarce," said Dr. Anna Abrams, a pediatrician and researcher at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
At a time when healthcare conversations focus on cost reductions and value-based payment models, discussions about solutions for our overburdened emergency departments are often sidelined.In this interview, Vituity's Chief Medical Officer, Gregg Miller, MD, shares his perspectives on how EDs can reinvent themselves and deliver improved outcomes to all patients through an integrated and collaborative approach to acute behavioral healthcare.
Medscape (free login required)
Researchers who checked patients' blood samples for medication concentration found that more than half were taking prescription and/or over-the-counter drugs not listed in their electronic health record, indicating potential threats to patient safety. Additionally, more than half of the drugs that triggered drug–drug interaction alerts in the study involved medications not listed in EHRs.
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