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June 26, 2014
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July 17-20, 2014
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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.
Registration for the Annual Meeting of the
Florida College of Emergency Physicians
Symposium by the Sea 2014
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Location: Boca Raton Resort and Club
Date: August 7-10
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|June 10, 2014
||FCEP Board Conference Call
|June 26, 2014
||Webinar: "EMTALA: Avoiding the Consequences"
|July 16, 2014
||FCEP Board Conference Call
|July 17-20, 2014
|Aug. 7-10, 2014
||Symposium by the Sea
|Aug. 7, 2014
||FCEP Board of Directors Meeting
|Aug. 7-8, 2014
||FCEP Committee Meetings
|Aug. 7-8, 2014
||Emergency Medicine Conference for Mid-Level Provider
EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS
Study: Sharp rise in emergency room visits tied to abuse of sedative
There's been a steep increase in the number of Americans being treated at emergency departments for abuse of the sedative alprazolam, best known as Xanax, federal officials recently reported. The number of emergency department visits related to abuse of alprazolam (brand names Xanax, Xanax XR, and Niravam) climbed from more than 57,000 in 2005 to nearly 124,000 in 2011, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Ultrasound matches CT for kidney stones in ED
Ultrasound proved to be the equal of computed tomography for emergency department evaluation of suspected kidney stones, a randomized trial showed. Ultrasound performed by a radiologist or emergency physician led to serious adverse events in about 11 percent of cases, as did CT. Severe and attributable serious adverse events occurred in fewer than 1 percent of 2,800 patients and rates did not differ between patients evaluated by ultrasound or CT, Stoller and colleagues reported here at the American Urological Association meeting.
Moral distress in nursing
By Keith Carlson
Moral distress may not be a concept on the lips of many nurses, but it is an issue with which a significant number of nurses grapple on a regular basis. Moral distress occurs when an individual knows what the right course of action should be in a particular situation, but that person is hampered from acting on that knowledge by a variety of factors. Whether in the ICU, the ER or other milieus, nurses can find themselves faced with morally-distressing situations that may easily lead to feelings of burnout, compassion fatigue, cognitive dissonance, depression, anxiety and dissatisfaction.
New guidelines and technology needed for placement of feeding tubes in pediatric patients
Universal guidelines and improvements in technology are needed to reduce injuries and deaths from improper placement of nasogastric feeding tubes in pediatric patients, according to a comprehensive review of published literature. The review, conducted by the New Opportunities for Verification of Enteral Tube Location Work Group Project of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition found that while the bedside placement of a nasogastric feeding tube is a common procedure conducted by nurses, incorrect placement can have serious and potentially fatal consequences.
Emergency room doctors see increases in psychiatric patients
Nearly 85 percent of emergency room doctors polled in 10 states, including Texas, reported psychiatric patients were being held for extended periods in their emergency departments, a new survey shows. More than half of the doctors who responded to the American College of Emergency Physicians said the amount of time and effort their emergency departments spend transferring psychiatric patients who need hospital admission has increased since Jan. 1, when more Americans became covered under the Affordable Care Act. Almost half of emergency room doctors said they have noticed an increase in all emergency visits since Jan. 1.
Public health researchers work with families to avoid unnecessary ER trips
Caring for a young child has its fun-filled moments, but when a child gets sick, many parents err on the side of caution. "Parents tend to get very scared. The first thing they'll do is to rush to the emergency room," says Fatima Beccar-Verela, Education Supervisor at Early Head Start. This contributes to the over-use of emergency departments across the country. Working with four Early Head Start programs, researchers from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health found that could change with targeted intervention.
Why telemedicine is the future of healthcare
By Jessica Taylor
Telemedicine is the hottest trend in the healthcare industry, and it is becoming more and more important to healthcare providers and patients around the world. The trend is already backed by many hospitals and major health insurers, and the U.S. government recently endorsed telemedicine through Medicare and Medicaid.
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