Jul. 31, 2014

Medical director recognized for efforts
Pioneer in forming statewide EMS education

Broward Sheriff's Office
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue's Medical Director, Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, was recently recognized for his efforts in advancing emergency medical services (EMS) education in the state by the Florida Association of EMS Educators (FAEMSE) this past week in Orlando. In 1997, Dr. El Sanadi, along with Paramedic David LaCombe were the trailblazers in founding FAEMSE. LaCombe approached Dr. El Sanadi with an impromptu vision that there should be a statewide voice and training vehicle to enhance EMS education. With that idea, Dr. El Sanadi made a commitment of time and resources to jumpstart the group, which now has 175 public and private sector members.More

Timothy Bullard to receive Board of Medicine Chairman's Recognition Award

Timothy Bullard, MD, MBA, FACEP, will be receiving the Board of Medicine Chairman's Recognition Award this Friday at the board meeting in Orlando. Dr. Bullard is the Chief Medical Officer at Orlando Health, and has worked with numerous initiatives over the years to benefit patient care.More

Symposium by the Sea

Just one more week!

Symposium by the Sea is taking place at
The Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
August 7-10, 2014

Symposium by the Sea 2014 Brochure

More symposium details, such as brief course descriptions and registration fees,
can be found on the Symposium by the Sea 2014 Registration webpage:

Symposium by the Sea Registration

Symposium by the Sea
Overflow Hotel Information

The Boca Raton Resort & Club is SOLD OUT for Symposium by the Sea. Haven't made your reservation yet? That's okay, because we've arranged another great option for you:

Waterstone Resort & Marina Boca Raton - a Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
999 East Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432


Rate: $149 plus tax per night
Parking: $15 per day (valet only)
Group: Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation
Group Code: FEM

Reservations can be made using the customized registration link above or by calling the hotel directly and mentioning FEMF.

Emergency Medicine Conference for the Mid-Level Provider

Emergency Medicine Conference for the Mid-Level Provider

Registration is open!

This conference consists of lectures and hands-on skill stations (e.g. slit lamp, wound care etc.) and is designed to enhance the mid-level provider's knowledge and skills in caring for patients in the emergency department and urgent care setting.

Click here to register today!

Date: August 7-8, 2014

Location: Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

Cost: $350 for a two day conference
For an additional $175, registrants may participate in Symposium by the Sea, happening simultaneously. For more details about Symposium by the Sea, click here.

Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014

Save the date!

Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014:
Defining the State of the Art and the Science

November 13-14, 2014
Orlando, FL

All providers involved with acute care as well as hospital managers and administrators will benefit from this dynamic program that provides a comprehensive overview of best practices in acute stroke care. More

Important FCEP dates

August 7-10, 2014 Symposium by the Sea
August 7, 2014 8-8:55 a.m. FCEP Professional Development/Membership Committee Meeting
9-9:55 a.m. FCEP Academic Affairs Committee Meeting
10-10:55 a.m. FCEP Medical Economics Committee Meeting
11-11:55 a.m. FCEP Government Affairs Committee Meeting
2-4:30 p.m. FECP Board of Directors Meeting
August 8, 2014 8-8:55 a.m. FCEP EMS/Trauma Committee Meeting
9-9:55 a.m. FCEP Pediatric EM Committee Meeting
4-5 p.m. FCEP EMRAF Committee Meeting
August 7-8, 2014 Emergency Medicine Conference for Mid-Level Provider

Florida leads in tightening healthcare data security laws
Business Solutions
America's quirkiest peninsula is stepping up its data privacy security laws. The Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (FIPA), is garnering attention, not just because of its state of origin, but also because the details of the law make some interesting changes in terms of what's protected and who the law applies to — this is especially important news to any solutions providers with business associate agreements in Florida.More

Dextromethorphan abuse: A common choice for addicts of all ages
By Cynthia Sheppard Solomon
Available since the 1950s, dextromethorphan can be found in more than 140 different cough-and-cold remedies — both prescription and over the counter. When given for a cough at recommended low doses, usually it is free of serious side effects. But when the drug is taken in higher amounts, bizarre behavior, including hallucinations, is common. Given the effects of DXM abuse, patients are unlikely to present for care before considerable concentrations of the drug have been absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. More

Emergency medical dispatches and HIPAA: Are you HIPAA compliant?
Urgent Communications
During a recent National Public Safety Telecommunications Council conference call, a question was raised as to the applicability of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to emergency medical dispatchers, as to whether traditional means of transmitting patient information over unencrypted airways is permissible. Since unencrypted land mobile radio communications can be intercepted by scanners, there is some question as to whether unencrypted radio properly protects patients’ privacy rights under HIPAA. More

3 questions can screen for suicide risk in ED patients
Clinical Psychiatry News
Using a brief three-question screen, it's feasible to increase dramatically the detection of suicide risk during routine emergency department care. That's the key message from phase II of ED-SAFE (Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow-up Evaluation), a National Institute of Mental Health–sponsored multicenter study of the impact of implementing universal suicide risk screening in the nation's EDs.More

Some Florida doctors are refusing to accept Obamacare
The Modesto Bee
Nearly 1 million Floridians enrolled in a private health plan through the ACA exchange, but some are finding that some physicians refuse to honor their coverage – even when the doctors are included in the plan's provider network. Some physicians say they're concerned they won't be paid for their services by either the insurer or the patient, and that insurers are not adequately informing doctors of their inclusion in exchange plan networks.More

Emergency room testing chips away at hidden HCV epidemic
Infectious Disease Special Edition
A recent study suggests that testing baby boomers who visit the emergency department (ED) could go a long way in combating the hidden epidemic of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the United States. Although the study involved only one center over a six-week period, it has garnered much attention from healthcare officials. More

Ketamine, the emergency room wonder drug
Science 2.0
Ketamine has been used by emergency departments for analgesia, sedation and amnesia for rapid, life-saving intubation in critically ill patients but decades-old studies suggested it raised intracranial pressure. A systematic review of 10 recent studies comparing ketamine to sufentanil, fentanyl and other pharmacological agents (vasopressors, neuromuscular blocking agents, sedatives) found no differences in intracranial and cerebral pressures of patients who had been treated with them.More

CDC: Many children with Medicaid use ER as doctor's office
HealthDay News
Children covered by Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for the poor, visit the emergency room for medical care far more often than uninsured or privately insured youngsters, a U.S. survey finds. And children with Medicaid were more likely than those with private insurance to visit for a reason other than a serious medical problem, according to the 2012 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More

Do hospital-run urgent care centers reduce ER use?
By Alan Kelsky
The future of healthcare given by hospitals is changing. And that change is the opening of hospital-owned urgent care facilities. Urgent care is a way to offer patients a lower-cost alternative to hospital emergency rooms — and make a profit of about $250,000 each year while protecting a hospital's territory. A 20 percent growth in urgent care centers is likely over the next five years, and large for-profit hospital chains are leading the way as they see a new source of revenue.More