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The Florida College of Emergency Physicians is happy to announce that our 2016 Symposium by the Sea will take place August 4-7, 2016 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned to www.emlrc.org for more details to come!
FEP seeks board-certified Pediatric Emergency Medicine physicians to staff Florida Hospital's new pediatric emergency departments. Job offers a competitive compensation package, excellent benefits and relocation assistance. MORE
Don’t miss out on a chance to hear these people speak at the Florida College of Emergency Physicians’ EM Days 2016 at the Hotel Duval in Tallahassee, Florida!
Help us get the word out about the event and registration to fellow FCEP members by marking on our Facebook event page that you are attending EM Days 2016 and sharing the link.
In order to put “Advocacy in Action”, we need your help and support!
January 18–20, 2016
Hotel Duval, Tallahassee, FL
Emergency Medicine Days is the premier advocacy event for the Florida College of Emergency Physicians. It takes place during regular legislative session, and is a valuable opportunity for Florida’s emergency physicians to get to know their state legislators and discuss the key issues currently affecting emergency medicine. It is also a wonderful opportunity to earn continuing medical education (CME) credit.
For more info on the event, click here to visit the event page!
To register for EM Days 2016, click here!
Our hotel room block at Hotel Duval for EM Days 2016 is full!
Click here for more information on overflow rooms available at the Four Points by Sheraton in Downtown Tallahassee.
Visit the Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (PAMI) at http://pami.emergency.med.jax.ufl.edu/.
PAMI is a free access e-Learning and patient safety educational project that aims to improve pain management in ED, EMS, and hospital settings. All materials are multidisciplinary and can be adapted for your ED, hospital or training programs. Topics include: Basics of Pain, Acute Pain, Procedural Sedation, Pediatric Pain, Pharmacologic and Nonpharmacologic Management, EMS Pain Management, and more! The site offers resources, news updates, and CME/CEUs. Like us on Facebook at https://goo.gl/OMRHMe.
The Florida College of Emergency Physicians is happy to announce that our 2016 Written Board Review Course will take place August 21-25, 2016 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned to www.emlrc.org for more details to come!
ACEP is accepting articles for its Doc Blog on Emergency Care for You’s website. ACEP is looking for 400- to 500-word articles on a consume-related topic written from an emergency physician’s perspective.
Below is a list of suggested topics:
• Ice-related injuries that I’ve treated
If you’re interested in writing about and of the above topics or have any other ideas, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• New Year’s resolutions for your health.
• New teen drivers and the dangers they may face
• Is that text message worth the injury?
• A minor symptom that turned out to be a serious problem
• My most difficult day in the ER and why
• Carbon monoxide dangers with heaters/grills, etc.
• Mental health care in America from an emergency physician perspective
• How do you know if it’s pneumonia?
• Diabetic emergencies
• STDs – what we see in the ED
• Drug abuse in teens
• Dangers of synthetic drugs
• Dangers of accidental falls
• Dangers with slipping on ice (injuries you’ve seen)
• Common eye injuries
• Compassion in the ED (How you communicate with patients/ loved ones in stressful situations
• Your struggles finding specialists in the emergency department
• Why vaccines save lives.
• Teens and sports-related concussions
• My experience inside the ED with a mass casualty incident
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
Save the dates and mark your calendar with all of FCEP's upcoming events!
Click here to see the 2015-2016 FCEP Annual Calendar.
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Health News Florida
The deadline to get health insurance under Obamacare for the start of 2016 is less than two weeks away, and Floridians are by far the largest group of consumers signing up for plans.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that 444,711 of the more than 2 million people selecting plans on HealthCare.gov in the first two years of enrollment came from the Sunshine State.
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Emergency Medicine News
Appendicitis has long been considered a surgical emergency that will lead to perforation, sepsis, and death if invasive intervention is not timely. Despite this foregone conclusion, a number of trials have challenged the necessity of cold steel in managing acute appendicitis.
Hospitals can benefit financially from receiving tele-emergency services, primarily when such services are used as a substitute for backup calls for physician assistants or nurse practitioners to the emergency department, according to a study published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.
While the researchers, from the University of Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Avera Health, examined services offered from only one hub health system — Avera Health — they concluded that their analysis had broad applicability because of both the radius of Avera's services and the profiles of those facilities that used the services.
Medscape (free login required)
Researchers have taken another step toward identifying a biomarker for diffuse axonal injury (DAI) in patients with a concussion.
They used immunohistochemistry (IHC) to highlight a cleaved protein called α-II spectrin N-terminal fragment (SNTF), which signals damaged axons in brain tissue, from human donors who had a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and from animal models of mild TBI (mTBI).
Texas Public Radio
The rate of avoidable complications affecting patients in hospitals leveled off in 2014, after three years of declines, according to a federal report released recently. Hospitals have averted many types of injuries where clear preventive steps have been identified, but they still struggle to avert complications with broader causes and less clear-cut solutions, government and hospital officials said.
Pain Medicine News
Prescribing opioids and muscle relaxants to acute low back pain (LBP) patients who are already on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) does not provide additional pain relief, a new study suggests.
There are more than 2.5 million acute LBP-related visits to emergency departments in the United States annually, where patients are often treated with a combination of NSAIDs, acetaminophen, opioids or skeletal muscle relaxants, according to researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Department of Health and Human Services released an AHRQ report showing that an estimated 87,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and nearly $20 billion in healthcare costs were saved as a result of reductions in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2014. The report indicates that HACs were reduced by 17 percent in 2014, contributing to an overall reduction of 2.1 million HACs since 2010. To develop the report, AHRQ analyzed the incidence of avoidable HACs compared to 2010 rates, using as a baseline estimates of deaths and excess healthcare costs that were developed when the Partnership for Patients was launched. AHRQ's analysis included a number of HACs including adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line associated bloodstream infections, pressure ulcers and surgical site infections, among others.
A mobile stroke treatment unit (MSTU) operated by Cleveland Clinic which uses telemedicine to connect emergency team members to a hospital-based vascular neurologist, reduced time to tPA treatment by more than 25 minutes in an analysis of the first 100 patients transported.
Ninety-nine of the 100 transports were successful with just one connection failure occurring due to crew error, and door to CT completion times were also shortened, researcher Ken Uchino, MD, and colleagues wrote in the journal JAMA Neurology, published online Dec. 7.
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