Apr. 15, 2015

Pediatric Head Injury & Concussion Management

Pediatric Head Injury & Concussion Management
Presented by Nazeema Khan-Assad, MD, FAAP
Launch Date: April 23 at 1 p.m. ET
Target Audience: EMS Professionals
Offered FREE of charge with CME.
Registration has been simplified.
Please click on this NEW link for details and registration.

Pediatric Seizures
Presented by Todd Wylie, M.D.
This webinar will be available to view until April 16,
however, registration is still required for CME purposes.

For details and registration, click here.


Ebola Cvent

EMTs | Paramedics | Nurses | Physicians

5 cutting-edge webinars, hosted through ReadyTalk,
specially designed to train and educate EMS professionals
on how to identify and respond to the latest infectious diseases.
Presented from February to June, 2015.

April 28, 2015 — 1 pm ET
May 26, 2015 — 1 pm ET
June 23, 2015 — 1 pm ET

If you weren’t able to attend the second live session,
the recording of the session will be available until April 24, 2015.
Feel free to review the FAQs on the registration site
or email cdhountal@emlrc.org with any questions or concerns.
To register, click here.

Registration for each webinar will open one week prior to the launch date.More

Clincon 2015

Registration is now open!
Click here to register.

For over 40 years CLINCON has provided the highest quality education to EMS professionals by integrating prehospital care research and cutting edge clinical practice. CLINCON offers the continuum of emergency medicine professionals an all-encompassing educational experience that focuses on strengthening practical skills and enhancing clinical knowledge in order to provide the highest-quality of care to their patients.


Symposium by the Sea

Registration for Symposium by the Sea 2015 will open May 1.
For more details and to reserve your hotel room, CLICK HERE.



Florida Legislative Tracking Report

Below is a link to your most recent state legislative tracking report. The link will open a report that contains direct links to any bills we are tracking that have either been introduced or progressed through the legislative process since you received your last report.

Click here to see your most recent state legislative tracking report.

Please remember that these reports are based on limited key word searches. They are not likely to uncover every piece of legislation that you might be interested in, so you are encouraged to utilize any other sources for state legislative information, such as state medical societies, other legislative contacts and the news media.

Here are the general categories we try to search: Emergency physician/department, Quality initiatives, Liability reform. Physician reimbursement, Private payer issues (balance billing, assignment of benefits), Health care reform, Disaster preparedness, Auto safety and Motorcycle helmet legislation.


2015 EDPMA Solutions Summit Agenda Highlights
Join us at the Omni Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida, April 26-29, 2015! The Emergency Department Practice Management Association's Solutions Summit is the premier conference for those in the business of emergency medicine. More

FCEP Councilor Positions Available for the Upcoming ACEP Council

Interested members wishing to be considered as an FCEP Councilor for the ACEP Council are encouraged to submit letter (email) of interest. The council will meet at the ACEP Scientific Assembly in Boston, Oct. 26 – 29, 2015. There are currently 9 two-year slots available.

Per FCEP Bylaws:
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
  1. Member of Chapter for at least two years prior to nomination.
  2. Active involvement in Chapter as evidenced by committee membership and/or attendance at
  the meetings of the Board of Directors.
  3. Plans to attend Councilor meetings for two-year
  term. Councilors will be elected for two-year term with term beginning immediately upon

Should a Councilor resign or be elected to office that is a designated Councilor, then the remaining Councilors will elect an Alternate Councilor to fill the unexpired term. If there are no Alternate Councilors available to be seated, then the Executive Committee shall have the right to name Alternate Councilors to be seated or designated as Councilors.

Last chance to be considered:
Please email bbrunner@emlrc.org no later than April 15, 2015.

ACEP Committee Interest 2015-16 — due by May 18

Committee interest for FY 2015-16 is now open. Various ACEP publications will outline the process for members and information is also on the ACEP website. Members interested in serving on a committee, and who are not currently serving on a national committee, must submit a completed committee interest form and CV by May 18, 2015.

The CV and any letters of support from the chapter can be attached to the online form (preferred), emailed to me at mfletcher@acep.org, or mailed to me at ACEP headquarters. Chapter input is invaluable to this process. If you have personal knowledge of the level of commitment and talent exhibited by the interested member, please consider submitting a letter of support.

The online application form is found here. After completion of the form, you should receive an acknowledgement that your committee interest form has been submitted. If you do not receive this message, please contact me by email or phone.

The committee selection process will occur in mid-June and applicants will be notified by the end of July. Members chosen to serve on committees will serve a minimum of one year, beginning with the committee’s organizational meeting held during the annual meeting in Chicago, Oct. 27-30, 2014. (Funding is not provided to attend the organizational meeting.)

PLEASE NOTE: Current committee members DO NOT need to complete a committee interest form. Current committee members will soon receive the annual committee evaluation form and will have the opportunity to indicate their preference for next year.More

Join Your Colleagues at ACEP's Legislative Advocacy Conference and Leadership Summit
On May 3-6, in Washington, D.C., more than 500 emergency physicians will learn how to become effective leaders and visit with lawmakers about policies related to health care and emergency medicine. Don’t miss this opportunity to lend your voice — See you at LAC.More


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 October 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 More

Is this the fix the Florida mental health system needs?
Palm Beach Post
Miami-Dade County Judge Steven Leifman has proven that millions can be saved when the criminal justice system’s severely mentally ill “frequent fliers” are diverted away from jails and prisons and instead to mental health court, where they can be given medication, therapy and support needed to return them to their communities. The ghastly expensive system in place now exists only to prepare incompetent defendants for trial. It locks them up in forensic hospitals until they’re deemed competent to face a judge. More

Study finds healthcare getting more expensive and disparate
U.S. News & World Report
Healthcare is more affordable in California and New York than it is in Texas and Florida. That's according to a report released by The Commonwealth Fund, a research group that analyzed the country's four largest states. It found significant differences among the states in rates of health insurance coverage, delays in care because of cost, and problems paying medical bills — much of which the authors attributes to states' decisions to expand Medicaid. More

Staff infections: What to do when exposed in the ER
MedPage Today
As emergency healthcare professionals, we are exposed to patients with a host of different infections, and sometimes are required to take post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent infection. Here is a look at some of the risks we encounter and the more common testing and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) agents you might need to know, either for your own practice as a healthcare provider (HCP) or for board exams.More

Emergency departments improve readiness to care for children
Medical Xpress
Pediatric emergency care coordinators in the nation's emergency departments are strongly linked with improved readiness to care for children, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. Nearly 50 percent of the nation's emergency departments have a physician or nurse dedicated to address staff training, equipment availability and policies for the care of children — a three-fold increase since 2003. This is an important finding because the presence of a pediatric emergency care coordinator is strongly correlated with improved pediatric readiness, independent of other factors.More

Patient safety simulation targets ED miscommunication
MedPage Today (opinion)
Though hard to believe, many (if not most) errors in the emergency department come as a result of communication errors, not technical mistakes. According to Boston Children's Hospital, an estimated 80 percent of the most serious medical errors in hospitals can be linked to miscommunication. Effective communication is especially critical in the emergency room, where time is limited, pressure is heightened, and decisions must be made dynamically as information changes from moment to moment. At Baptist Health South Florida, leaders turned to the simulation lab for a solution to emergency room miscommunications.More

ER visits for drug overdose rising among young adults
Live Science
Visits to the emergency room for drug overdoses are on the rise among young adults in the United States, according to a new report. Researchers analyzed information from a national survey of U.S. hospitals, and looked at emergency room visits for drug poisoning, such as overdoses of painkillers (including opiates), fever-reducing medications or sedatives.More

Study: Emergency departments see 13 percent rise in non-injury diagnoses
More patients are visiting the emergency department for chronic conditions and fewer are visiting for injuries, according to a new University of California San Francisco study. The results were published in the April edition of Health Affairs. "These findings emphasize the changing role of the ED in the U.S. healthcare system, and the increasing reliance that patients and providers place on the ED as a place for diagnosis and treatment of complex conditions," Dr. Renee Y. Hsia said. More

Brain scan study shows clot-busting drug benefits stroke patients
Medical Xpress
A drug that breaks up blood clots in the brains of stroke patients could be used more widely than at present without increased risk, a brain scan study suggests. It had previously been thought that giving the drug to people with signs of early damage in the brain caused by a stroke would increase the chances of them suffering a bleed on the brain — which can be fatal. The drug — called alteplase — is the only treatment for stroke caused by a blocked blood vessel in the brain. More

Pain management study reveals patient confusion about opioid addiction
Medical Xpress
Emergency department patients have misperceptions about opioid dependence and want more information about their pain management options, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study, published online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, found that patients seen in the emergency department for acute pain expressed a desire for better communication from physicians about their pain management options, along with discussion of the risks of opioid dependence.More

Technological aspects of hospital communication challenges: An observational study
International Journal for Quality in Healthcare
The study provides insight into clinician workflow, evaluates current hospital communication systems and identifies key issues affecting communication: interruptions, issues with numeric pagers, lack of integrated communication tools, lack of awareness of consultation status, inefficiencies related to the paper chart, unintuitive user interfaces, mixed use of electronic and paper systems and lack of up-to-date contact information. It also identifies design trade-offs to be negotiated: synchronous communication vs. reducing interruptions, notification of patient status vs. reducing interruptions and speed vs. quality of handovers.More

Are heart surgery patients losing too much blood to tests?
HealthDay News
Heart surgery patients often undergo dozens of blood tests while they're hospitalized, potentially losing half a liter of blood or more over time, a new study reports. Patients may not realize they're losing so much blood because the blood tests are typically taken through an IV. But the study authors, who were "astonished by the extent of bloodletting," wrote that the loss of blood could lead to longer stays in the hospital. Blood loss can also lead to transfusions and anemia, requiring more treatment and higher costs, the researchers suggested.More