Oct. 15, 2014

FCEP/FEMF Capital Campaign Update

The future home of FCEP and FEMF is coming along beautifully. As you can see from the photos, carpet and tile have been laid, the kitchen is starting to look like a real kitchen, and the lobby like a real lobby. We’re looking forward to the lifesaving training, programs, and meetings that will be able to be held there.

The Capital Campaign to raise 2 million in 3 years is underway and in need of your support. All FCEP members should have received a “call-to-action” letter from FCEP president, Dr. Ashley Booth-Norse. Please take the time to think about what your role ought to be in this campaign.





Orlando Marriott Lake Mary
1501 International Pkwy
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Make hotel reservations by calling 1-800-380-7724 and mentioning the EMLRC 2014 Stroke Program. The cut-off date for room block reservations is Oct. 23, 2014.


COMMITTEE MEETINGS - Wednesday, Nov. 12
Lunch will be served.

BOARD MEETINGS - Thursday, Nov. 13 Lunch will be served.More

Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014

Why should you attend this program?
Listen to what program chair, Dr. Jay Falk has to say ...


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

Nov. 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. To view the brochure for this event, click here.More

EM Days 2015


Be sure to Vote ... Election Day is rapidly approaching

FCEP would like to share a list of candidates we are supporting through our Political Action Committees, Physicians for Emergency Care (PEC) and Emergency Care for Florida (ECF).

To see the list of State Senator General Election 2014, click here.
To see the list of State Representative General Election 2014, click here.

If you would like to contribute to our PAC’s here is the link to the FCEP website/PC, click here.More

Florida fighting human trafficking with Orlando's Emergency Medicine Learning & Resource Center
Orlando Medical News
In the United States, there are millions of victims of human trafficking; Florida ranks third in the nation in calls to the human trafficking hotline. Attorney General Pam Bondi is out to change that, making Florida a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking by using the eyes and ears of local emergency medicine professionals who will be trained by the Orlando-based Emergency Medicine Learning & Resource Center (EMLRC).More

CDC will offer more Ebola training to healthcare workers
The New York Times
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the agency would take new steps to help hospital workers protect themselves, providing more training and urging hospitals to run drills to practice dealing with potential Ebola patients. In response to the news that a healthcare worker in Dallas had contracted Ebola, a spokeswoman said the agency would also issue more specific instructions and explanations for putting on and removing protective equipment and would urge nurses and doctors to enlist a co-worker or “buddy” to watch them do so.More

1st Ebola patient diagnosed in US dies in Dallas
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died in a Dallas hospital on Oct. 8, a little more than a week after his diagnosis exposed gaps in the nation's defenses against the disease and set off a scramble to track down anyone exposed to him. Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, was pronounced dead at 7:51 a.m. at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he was admitted Sept. 28 and had been kept in isolation, according to spokesman Wendell Watson. Others in Dallas are being monitored as health officials try to contain the virus.More

It's time to fight sepsis like we fight heart attack, researchers say
Medical Xpress
A decade ago, America's healthcare community took on heart attacks with gusto, harnessing the power of research and data to make sure that every patient got the best possible care. It worked: Death rates for heart attack have dropped. The same has happened with heart failure and pneumonia. Now, say a pair of University of Michigan Medical School experts, it's time to do the same for sepsis.More

New app helping med students diagnosis quickly in ER
By Stephanie McKenzie
There is a new app that is making emergency medicine a lot easier for residents and interns on the floor. The Basics of Emergency Medicine app by the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association is currently only available on iPhones, but it is already proving to be an invaluable tool to emergency medicine interns and residents across the country. The Basics of EM app is meant to give residents and interns access to a quick, easy clinical guide to dealing with up to 20 of the most common complaints seen in the ER. Young medical students are already finding it to be their "go-to" tool for nearly everything they do at work.More

Brain aneurysm treatment: Too much practice variation
MedPage Today
The rate of open versus catheter-based treatment for cerebral aneurysms varies hugely across the country, according to a report suggesting unwarranted practice variation. The rates of endovascular coiling for unruptured aneurysms among Medicare beneficiaries ranged from a low of 35.0 percent in Modesto, California, to a high of 98.6 percent in Tacoma, Washington, researchers found. For ruptured aneurysms, similar variation in the rate of coiling was seen — ranging from 36.3 percent in Atlanta to 98.8 percent in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.More

Hospitalized patients show poor hand-washing habits
Hospitals around the country focus efforts on improving employees' hand-hygiene compliance, but may want to spend more time encouraging hospitalized patients to wash their hands, according to a new study. Researchers found patients washed their hands during almost 30 percent of bathroom visits, about 39 percent during mealtimes, just more than 3 percent of kitchen visits, less than 3 percent of room entries and almost 7 percent of room exits, according to the abstract. This inattention to hand hygiene could contribute to transmission of pathogens from the hospital environment, researchers said.More

Thousands still using ERs for dental problems
Cincinnati Enquirer
More than 11,000 Greater Cincinnati, Ohio, residents annually take toothaches and other dental maladies to hospital emergency rooms – an expensive last resort for people who can’t afford, or can’t get to, the dentist office. A new study said Medicaid ends up paying millions of dollars for people seeking emergency help for broken teeth, cavities, gum disease or abscesses left untreated too long. Often, the treatment fails to solve the underlying dental problem.More

CDC: Half of US hospital patients taking antibiotics; 25 percent on 2 or more
A new study by researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows just how often some hospital patients are given multiple antibiotics. According to the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, half of all hospitalized patients receive at least one antimicrobial drug on a given day, most for treating a variety of infections. Half of those patients receive more than one antimicrobial drug, and more than 5 percent take four or more antimicrobial drugs. The most surprising finding was that of the 83 different antimicrobial drugs used, just four accounted for 45 percent of the treatments. More

Mini-stroke might lead to post-traumatic stress disorder
A mini-stroke, or transient ischemic attack, might increase a person’s risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, according to new research. TIA, like stroke, is caused by restricted blood supply to the brain; however, TIA is temporary and often lasts less than five minutes, without causing permanent brain damage. More

Study: Common childhood vaccine cuts 'superbug' infection
HealthDay News
The childhood pneumococcal vaccine helps children avoid the suffering and danger of ear infections, meningitis and pneumonia. And a new study suggests it may provide an added bonus: cutting down on infections from antibiotic-resistant "superbugs." First used in children in 2010, the pneumococcal vaccine was linked to a 62 percent reduction between 2009 and 2013 of drug-resistant infections of bacterial pneumonia, meningitis and bloodstream infections for children under 5.More

Kids may leave hospital sooner when antibiotics are controlled
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
New research finds that children who are hospitalized get discharged sooner and come back less often when hospitals take extra efforts to control treatment that uses antibiotics. Some hospitals and other medical facilities have embraced "stewardship programs" designed to make it harder for physicians to prescribe antibiotic medications without a good reason. While antibiotics can often effectively treat and cure infections, their overuse has allowed certain germs to develop resistance and keep people sick despite the use of powerful drugs. More

Tablets could ease healthcare workflows
Tech Page One
As healthcare professionals work in a hospital, they need a device that allows them to collect vital data on patients while also viewing X-rays and electronic health records (EHRs). Workplaces like hospitals are become more mobile, and the portability of tablets provides an opportunity to replace PCs while maintaining the full functionality of Windows applications. Tablets offer clinicians the flexibility to switch among complex lab analysis tools, physician education apps, EHRs and secure messaging apps all in a single session on one device.More

An ingestible pill with needles could be the new form of injection
Medical News Today
Imagine swallowing a pill with tiny needles instead of getting an injection. Then again, just imagine swallowing a pill with tiny needles. It may sound painful, but according to the researchers who developed the novel capsule — which could replace painful injections — there are no harmful side effects. The researchers, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital, have published the results of a study that tested the microneedle pill in the gastrointestinal (GI) tracts of pigs.More

Small hospitals face big challenges
U-T San Diego
In a way, it is remarkable that Fallbrook Hospital in California held on as long as it did. The financial pressures that will ultimately close the 47-bed facility on Nov. 17 have forced nearly 100 other hospitals in California out of business since 1996. Recently, facing continued losses that reached nearly $6 million in 2013, the Fallbrook Healthcare District’s board of directors opted to cease admitting patients and instead align with Palomar Health and Tri-City Medical Center, both public health districts, to offer a range of outpatient services in the community.More