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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.

March 24, 2015 — 1 pm ET
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 first live session,
the recording of the session will be available until March 24, 2015.
Feel free to review the FAQs on the registration site
or email with any questions or concerns.
To register, click here.

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Learn to recognize the signs of this type of modern-day slavery, and have the means to respond

This FREE, one-day program is designed for the continuum of emergency medicine providers.

Approximately thirty percent of human trafficking victims will encounter an Emergency Medicine (EM) professional during their time of enslavement, unfortunately none of them are freed as a result of their encounter. Emergency medicine professionals play a key role in recognizing the signs that a patient is being victimized by human trafficking and are afforded a unique window of opportunity by which to offer help. This comprehensive educational program will focus on the pre-hospital and hospital encounters in an effort to elevate the knowledge base of EM professionals, allowing for proper identification and subsequent intervention. Providing EM professionals with the tools to understand the wide-ranging problem of trafficking, including when and how to act, can lead to the freedom of many of those currently enslaved. Learn more.

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Pediatric Concussion
Presented by Nazeema Khan, M.D.
Launch Date: April 23 at 1 p.m. ET
Target Audience: EMS Professionals
Offered FREE of charge with CME.
For details and registration, click here.

Pediatric Seizures
Presented by Presented by Todd Wylie, M.D.
This webinar will be available to view until April 14,
however, registration is still required for CME purposes.

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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.

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Emergency Preparedness for Clinicians — From Guidelines to the Front Line
March 26 — 2-3 p.m. EST
Natural disasters, industrial accidents, terrorism attacks, and pandemics all have the capacity to result in large numbers of critically ill or injured patients. A barrage of patients with various clinical needs can quickly exhaust the care delivery capacity of a healthcare system. It is important for clinicians to have a disaster response plan that addresses approaches to maintaining quality care during times of patient surge and resource scarcity. During this COCA Call, participants will learn about the series of suggestions that focus on the management of multiple critically ill patients during a disaster or pandemic, and the importance of collaboration among front-line clinicians, hospital administrators, professional societies, and public health or government officials.

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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.

Please email no later than April 15, 2015.

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ACEP Committee Interest 2015-16
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, 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.

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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.
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Doctors warn against new synthetic drug 'flakka'
Law enforcement officials and medical personnel are warning people about the risks of a dangerous new synthetic drug that is growing in popularity in the streets of South Florida. Just last month, a man was caught on surveillance camera attempting to kick in the hurricane glass doors of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department headquarters.
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Miami leaders urge lawmakers to expand Medicaid
Health News Florida
Harry Melo is a 25-year-old grad student from New York who came to Miami two months ago for school. In New York he was able to sign up for Medicaid. He was surprised to find out that in Florida there’s a “coverage gap” where uninsured people who can’t afford health care insurance also don’t qualify for Obamacare. Melo is now in that gap. “Shouldn’t my concern as a student be studying and receiving A’s," Melo said, "rather than what to do or where to go and how much this would cost me as an uninsured adult."
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Report: Rural hospitals received billions in extra Medicare funds
The Associated Press via Health News Florida
A law that allows rural hospitals to bill Medicare for rehabilitation services for seniors at higher rates than nursing homes and other facilities has led to billions of dollars in extra government spending, federal investigators say. Most patients could have been moved to a skilled-nursing facility within 35 miles of the hospital at about one-fourth the cost, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general said in a report released.
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ED docs well placed to give positive info about vaccination
Medscape (free login required)
Because so many children are seen in the emergency department, emergency physicians are in a good position to screen for vaccinations and help parents understand information about vaccines, said Zachary Repanshek, M.D., speaking at the American Academy of Emergency Medicine 21st Annual Scientific Assembly in Austin, Texas. "We're not primary care doctors or pediatricians, but when we find a child who has not been vaccinated, we should ask why," Dr Repanshek, from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, told Medscape Medical News.
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The use of bed-side ultrasound is growing — but are ERs ready?
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Ultrasonographic investigation — in its traditional approach — involves many steps and multiple professionals, including radiologists and certified sonographers. This approach might not be necessarily helpful for critically-ill patients and immediate patient management. However, recent technological advances in ultrasonography, inherent safety, relative ease of use and portable machines capable of producing high-quality imaging have made it an invaluable point-of-care tool.
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Battling opioid dependence in the emergency department
UMass Med Now
Emergency departments can play valuable roles in addressing the opioid abuse crisis, according to health psychologist Edwin Boudreaux, Ph.D. “The ED prescribes lots of opiates in order to help people manage their pain,” said Dr. Boudreaux, professor of emergency medicine, psychiatry and quantitative health sciences, vice chair of research for the Department of Emergency Medicine at UMMS, and director of Behavioral Health Services at the UMass Memorial Medical Center-University Campus emergency room.
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New protocol can help emergency departments evaluate patients with acute chest pain
A recently developed risk-evaluation protocol can help hospital emergency department personnel more efficiently determine which patients with acute chest pain can be sent home safely, according to a randomized trial conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study, published in the current online issue of the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, found that chest-pain patients who were evaluated with the new protocol, called the HEART Pathway, had 12 percent fewer cardiac tests, 21 percent more early discharges, and shorter hospital stays than those who received standard care.
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FDA approves new CPR devices that may increase cardiac arrest survival
By Lynn Hetzler
On March 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved new CPR devices that might improve patient's chances of surviving cardiac arrest. Only 7 percent of the 300,000 people who suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospitals each year survive, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), despite the fact that two-thirds of these patients receive treatment from emergency medical service providers. The CDC recommends implementing a "chain of survival," which includes early CPR with an emphasis on chest compression.
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Scientists open door for asthma cure
University of Southern California via Medical Xpress
Scientists led by molecular immunologists at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California have identified a way to target a recently discovered cell type that causes asthma, paving the way to cure the chronic respiratory disease that affects 25 million Americans. With no known cure for the 7 million children who suffer from this disease in the United States, as well as millions of adults, the goal of asthma treatment is to control the symptoms.
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Advanced clinical decision support tools reduce mortality for pneumonia patients
A new study by Intermountain Medical Center researchers in Salt Lake City found that using advanced clinical decision support tools reduces mortality for the 1.1 million patients in the Unites States who are treated for pneumonia each year. Data from the new year-long showed the tool saved up to 12 lives in hospitals where the tool was utilized, compared to routine care standards. More than 50,000 Americans die each year due pneumonia.
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Intermittent pulse oximetry OK for kids receiving room air
Medscape (free login required)
Intermittent pulse oximetry was effective for children hospitalized with asthma or bronchiolitis who were stable on room air but did not decrease the time until the child was medically ready for discharge, according to a new report from a quality improvement effort. Despite recommendations to limit the use of continuous pulse oximetry (CPOx) monitoring in these patients, it continues to be widely used, the authors note.
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The measles outbreak is twice as big as you thought
The number of U.S. measles cases has continued climbing toward 200, with 173 cases noted in the CDC's most recent report March 6 — but that's only half the story. If you add in the cases multiplying north of the border, the outbreak nearly doubles in size. Canada is also facing a major outbreak of the viral illness with more than 100 cases in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, all tracing back to two families who visited Disneyland in December, according to the CBC, Canada's state broadcast news station.
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Preventing group B streptococcal infections in newborns
Despite advances in intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAP), group B streptococcal infection continues to be a predominant cause of early-onset disease in neonates. About 2 percent of neonates exposed to group B Streptococcus develop clinical manifestations including sepsis, pneumonia, and meningitis. Screening in late pregnancy reduces the incidence of early-onset sepsis by more than 80 percent. Clinicians must be able to identify the risk factors and clinical manifestations of group B streptococcal infection and to understand management and prevention guidelines.
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