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Created by ACEP, the Emergency Medicine Wellness Week™ is a reminder to all emergency physicians and their colleagues to take time to care for themselves: become healthier, less burned out and more resilient.
ACEP has some activities planned for this week:
FCEP Councillors serve a two-year term and represent FCEP at the national ACEP Annual Council meetings. We have 21 slots, of which 11 are currently filled. Read the requirements here and submit your letter of interest by April 17, 2019 (new deadline) to Executive Director Beth Brunner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FCEP Board of Directors serve a three-year term and are eligible to serve a maximum of two terms. Learn more here and submit your letter of interest to email@example.com no later than April 17, 2019.
Dealing with the Unknown: Risks Associated with Adulterants of Illicit Substances
April 11, 2019
1:00pm to 2:00pm
By Kristen C. Lee, Pharm.D., BCPS
Accredited by ACCME | FBON | FEMS | FPA | CAPCE
Free! Register Now
Drugs of abuse occasionally contain substances in addition to that of the primary drug. These adulterants come with their own risks independent of the illicit substance with which they are combined. This program will review potential reasons behind the inclusion of adulterants in illicit substances, as well as how toxicities of selected adulterants may be approached.
Click here to read the latest edition of EMpulse: Spring 2019. Printed copies will hit mailboxes soon!
Interested in contributing to EMpulse? Summer 2019 deadlines are:
Contact managing editor Samantha League at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or feedback.
- Ad insertion orders due: May 17
- Ad payment & design due: May 31
- Articles due: June 3
- In mailboxes: July 1-15
May 2-3, 2019
EMLRC in Orlando, FL
EMLRC's Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Skills Camp is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals caring for patients in the ED, urgent care setting, or any other setting that requires emergent/urgent care.
New! View the APP Skills Camp brochure and share with others. The deadline to register is quickly approaching on April 24, 2019.
The latest news from Florida's Legislature regarding health policy and bills we're watching.
Click here to watch a new edition of ACEP's Capital Minute for the first week of April 2019.
ACEP reports on:
- Are President Trump and Republican Senators planning a second attempt to dismantle the ACA?
- New CDC data shows that ED visits continue to rise.
- Federal momentum to address surprise billing continues to grow with the U.S. House starting to take up the issue.
- LAC 2019 is around the corner. Find out a little of what's on tap for members as they come to advocate on behalf of patients the first week in May.
Florida PEDReady has launched a weekly enews called the PE2ARL: Pediatric Emergency Education, Advances, Research & Literature. Click here to view the first one!
Subscribe to PEDReady PE2ARL Here
FCEP members must opt-in to receive updates
Are you interested in contributing? Contact Dr. Phyllis Hendry at email@example.com for more information.
ACEP President Dr. Vidor Friedman invites you to an evening honoring Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA) of California's 36th Congressional District on:
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
EMLRC in Orlando, FL
3717 S. Conway Rd., Orlando, FL 32812
Dr. Ruiz was elected in 2012 and is the only emergency physician currently serving in Congress. He sits on the Energy and Commerce committee, which has oversight for health care in the House. ACEP has been working closely with Dr. Ruiz to formulate a bill to address out-of-network billing in the House as a counterpart to Senator Cassidy's Price Transparency Work Group's efforts in the Senate.
Suggested contributions are listed below and can be mailed to Dr. Raul Ruiz for Congress at PO Box 3433, Palm Desert, CA 92261 or online here:
(Contributions are not tax-deductible)
Please RSVP to Anna LoSecco at (574) 261-8651 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending.
TECC: Best Practices in Care
By Robert Creager, FF/Paramedic
1 hour | 1.0 CE
Accredited by ACCME | FBON | FEMS | FPA | CAPCE
Free & available until April 17, 2019
Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) teaches EMS practitioners and prehospital providers how to respond to and care for patients in a civilian tactical environment. Based on the NAEMT's principles of tactical emergent casualty, EMLRC and First Response Training Group have designed this lecture to review best practices for care while under fire through evacuation.
Hepatitis A — A Review of Disease and Surveillance Data
April 26, 2019
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EDT
By Faye Rozwadowski, MD
In Florida, the number of hepatitis A cases is beginning to mirror national trends, with several Florida counties experiencing increases in hepatitis A among drug users, homeless persons, men who have sex with men, and other persons who have contact with infected persons. Between 2012-2016, an average of 120 hepatitis A cases were reported to the Florida Department of Health annually. As of March 16, 2019, 1,113 hepatitis A cases have been reported to DOH since the beginning of 2018.
Suggested Audience: physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, emergency medical personnel, and hospital/health care support personnel involved in patient care
Please contact John Wilgis at email@example.com with any questions.
Please join us May 22-23, 2019 at the EMLRC in Orlando, FL for the next FCEP Committee & Board meetings. All FCEP members are invited to attend. A call-in # will be announced closer to the date.
|Save the Date: FCEP Committee & Board Meetings
May 22, 2019: Committee Meetings
9:00 am: EMS/Trauma
10:00 am: Education & Academic Affairs
11:00 am: Medical Economics & Government Affairs
12:30 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Membership & Professional Development
2:00 pm: EMRAF
May 23, 2019: Joint FCEP/FEMF Board Meeting
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Florida's Premier EMS/Fire Conference
July 17-19, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton—Universal Studios
July 18-19, 2019
Hosted during CLINCON
UPCOMING FCEP & EMLRC EVENTS
|APRIL 24, 2019
||Evening Honoring Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD — 6 - 8 p.m.
||EMLRC in Orlando
|MAY 2-3, 2019
||APP Skills Camp 2019 | Register Now
|MAY 22, 2019
||FCEP Committee Meetings — 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
|MAY 23, 2019
||FCEP Board Meeting — 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
|JULY 17-19, 2019
||CLINCON: Premier EMS/Fire Conference | Register Now
|JULY 18-19, 2019
||Bill Shearer ALS/BLS Competition
|AUG. 1-4, 2019
||Symposium by the Sea 2019 | Learn More
To see the full calendar, click here.
While the total number of visits increased in 2016, those who used EDs for regular care decreased, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of emergency patients with nonurgent medical symptoms dropped from 5.5% in 2015 to 4.3% in 2016. Wait times also fell. Nearly 40% of ED patients had wait times of less than 15 minutes and 72% waited less than an hour. The CDC found that illness is a more common ED visit than injury.
Across the U.S., many doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers have remained silent about what is being called an epidemic of violence against them. The violent outbursts come from patients and patients' families. And for years, it's been considered part of the job.
U.S. News & World Report
A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics indicates that from 2007 to 2015, the estimated number of annual ED visits for suicidal ideation or attempted suicide among children 5 to 17 years old skyrocketed from 580,000 to 1.12 million. An estimated 87.2% of these emergency department visits were for suicide attempts, the study says.
Medical News Bulletin
Approximately 25% of patients in the community experience an adverse drug reaction, of which 39% are preventable. Most of these preventable adverse drug reactions are from drug-drug interactions, which occurs when one drug alters another drug's potency, efficacy or safety. The rate of drug-drug interactions resulting from prescriptions from an emergency department can range widely from 3% up to 47%. To get a better estimate of the rate of drug interactions caused by emergency department prescriptions and their resulting severities, researchers in the United States performed a retrospective chart review study.
Among emergency medicine residents, 76.1% reported symptoms of burnout, similar to the rate of burnout experienced by emergency medicine physicians, according to a study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. According to the researchers' conclusion, "[b]urnout within the emergency medicine specialty seems to begin as early as residency training, although [program year] 1 residents seem less burned out. ... [R]esults provide baseline data that can inform and allow objective evaluation of future individual-, programmatic-, and systems-level burnout prevention interventions."
Annals of Emergency Medicine
Emergency medicine by its nature requires shift work that follows an erratic and unpredictable pattern. Faced with this challenge, researchers hypothesize that many emergency physicians have taken steps to minimize their personal sleep deprivation through the use of pharmacologic sleep aids. The extent and nature of pharmacologic sleep aid use in this population is not well studied.
When a patient appears in the emergency room with suspected influenza, timely treatment can be the difference between life and death. However, it's not always easy to know with patients actually are infected with the flu, and which merely have flu-like symptoms. A new study hopes to help solve that problem. A nationwide team of investigators has developed a new clinical decision guideline that gives emergency department physicians a simple method to determine whether or not a potential flu case warrants testing.
By Keith Carlson
Teamwork in healthcare holds a place of the utmost importance when it comes to cooperation and the positive outcomes that both patients and providers desire to achieve. Collaboration and positivity need to be two of our highest-valued attributes in healthcare, and when negativity rears its ugly head on a consistent basis in any particular medical workplace setting, we see the mortal enemy of teamwork in action. Anyone can understandably have a bad moment or a bad day; however, when a bad day becomes a bad week, month, or year, that's another story entirely.
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy via Contagion Live
Emergency department providers have the unique opportunity to impact antibiotic prescribing in both inpatient and outpatient settings. So, how are EDs doing with antibiotic prescribing? The authors of this study set out to describe the overall incidence of antibiotic prescribing at a busy, tertiary-level academic ED.
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