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Florida Medical Association Annual Meeting this weekend in Orlando
FCEP delegates will be attending the FMA Annual Meeting this weekend in Orlando. Some of the key items that will be addressed include Medicaid expansion, re-enactment of the mandatory motorcycle helmet law, co-pays for emergency care, and mandatory CPR education for graduating high school seniors.
CLINCON 2014 wrapped up this weekend at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, FL. Some highlights included the 26th Annual Bill Shearer International Advanced & Basic Life Support Competition, the Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals course, EMS from Death's Perspective, and an array of hands-on skill labs. Check out the EMLRC Facebook page for more event photos: www.facebook.com/emlrc.org, and visit emlrc.org for detailed course descriptions.
Only 2 More Days to Vote!
FCEP 2014 Board Elections
The following candidates were selected by the nominating committee to serve on the Florida College of Emergency Physicians Board of Directors.
Each nominee was asked the following question:
"What membership areas can or should FCEP be more involved with to support individual members and encourage new members?"
To view the candidate's answers, click Read More below.
The newly elected Board Members will take office at the Board of Directors meeting, August 7, 2014, which is held during Symposium by the Sea.
Ballots must be completed by July 25, 2014.
Symposium by the Sea
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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
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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.
Symposium by the Sea will be 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
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.
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Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014:
Defining the State of the Art and the Science
November 13-14, 2014
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.
Important FCEP dates
|August 7-10, 2014
||Symposium by the Sea
||FCEP COMMITTEE MEETINGS
|August 7, 2014
||FCEP Professional Development/Membership Committee Meeting
||FCEP Academic Affairs Committee Meeting
||FCEP Medical Economics Committee Meeting
||FCEP Government Affairs Committee Meeting
||FECP Board of Directors Meeting
|August 8, 2014
||FCEP EMS/Trauma Committee Meeting
||FCEP Pediatric EM Committee Meeting
||FCEP EMRAF Committee Meeting
|August 7-8, 2014
||Emergency Medicine Conference for Mid-Level Provider
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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS
Florida healthcare officials give tips on how to avoid mosquitoes carrying chikungunya
Local health officials are urging residents to drain standing water, wear covered clothing and buy mosquito repellent in an effort to avoid chikungunya, the feverish and painful disease that recently arrived in South Florida and is still increasing in parts of the Caribbean. One Miami-Dade woman and one man from Palm Beach County developed the virus this summer, in the first instances of chikungunya transmitted in the continental United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both people have recovered and there are no further updates on their condition, according to health officials.
Busy ER may mean better care
Surviving a life-threatening illness or injury may be more likely if you're treated at a busy emergency department instead of one that handles fewer patients, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data on 17.5 million emergency patients treated at nearly 3,000 hospitals across the United States. The overall risk of death in the hospital was 10 percent lower among those who initially went to the busiest emergency departments rather than to the least busy ones, according to the study.
Florida Department of Health asks about diseases from border children
Health News Florida
Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration expressed concern in a letter this past Friday about reports that the federal government planned to send unaccompanied immigrant children from the Southwest border to Miami over the weekend, seeming to be unaware that it is a regular practice and asking for any health information the government had about the minors. The letter seemed unusual to immigration attorneys who say the practice has been going on for years.
Advances in point-of-care ultrasound in emergency medicine
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Since the introduction of the bedside ultrasound to emergency medicine more than 20 years ago, many new applications have evolved for it. Meanwhile, the scope of bedside ultrasound continues to grow tremendously. As a result of continuous progress in this field, point-of-care ultrasound scanning is now a focused ultrasound scan that is mainly performed by nonimaging clinicians in the physical examination of the patients. Recent studies have investigated the possibility of performing a wide array of diagnostic, procedural and therapeutic applications for bedside ultrasound.
Physician burnout: It's time to take care of our own
The Health Care Blog
Despite highly skilled physicians and advanced technology, the U.S. has not yet figured out how to provide effective affordable healthcare to everyone. Meanwhile, the healthcare system is increasingly fractured and stressed — and so are our doctors. Physician burnout impacts nearly half of all seasoned physicians in practice and up to 75 percent of resident physicians in training. These good doctors are in crisis in increasingly high numbers — an epidemic that requires immediate attention.
Redesigning EDs for patient experience
Healthcare Finance News
At a time when emergency care is increasingly viewed as inconvenient, overcrowded and overpriced, and possibly losing ground to urgent care clinics, some health systems are trying to make their ERs a place where people actually want to go and spend their time and money.
Decreased facial expression variability in patients with serious cardiopulmonary disease in the emergency care setting
Emergency Medicine Journal
The hypothesis of the present work derives from clinical experience that suggests that patients who are more ill have less facial expression variability in response to emotional cues. The preliminary findings of this study suggest that stimulus-evoked facial expressions from emergency department patients with cardiopulmonary symptoms might be a useful component of gestalt pretest probability assessment.
Finding work-life balance: Chore or joyful pursuit?
By Keith Carlson
Work-life balance is a topic of frequent discussion on blogs, social media and in the academic literature. Whether it's decreasing work hours, increasing time away from the Internet, exercising or cultivating a hobby, there are many ways in which we can attempt to strike more balance between our personal and professional lives. As the speed of life increases, is it possible that the dogged pursuit of balance can actually become just another treadmill upon which we unwittingly run ourselves ragged?
Emergency room docs struggle with two-midnight rule, observation status
As hospitals across the nation face the complications involved with the two-midnight rule, emergency physicians may experience the most conflicts as they strive to balance patient needs with the federal government requirements for short inpatient stays.
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