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Results from this year's Symposium By the Sea competitions
Here are the overall winners for the various competitions:

Best Presenter: Kate Justus, MD, EM-2 – UF Jacksonville
Best Overall: University of Florida – Jacksonville
Best Discussant: Ayanna Baker, MD, PGY-1 – ORMC
2nd Best Discussant: Arielle Kuritzy-Havens, DO
Pictured from left to right, David Caro, MD, FACEP; Arielle Kuritzy-Havens, DO; Robert Levine, MD, FACEP
First Place: University of South Florida
Second Place: University of Florida - Jacksonville
Pictured above, University of South Florida
Research Poster:
Outstanding Medical Student Abstract – Jason Satterfield, BS (University of Florida - Gainesville)
Outstanding Resident Abstract – Nathaniel Lisenbee, MD (University of Florida - Gainesville)

Mel Gottlieb Award:
Steven Kailes, MD, FACEP
Pictured above, Steven Kailes, MD, FACEP
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A new approach to license renewal: CE/CME @ Renewal
The Department of Health is now verifying continuing education compliance at the time of license renewal using its electronic compliance system, CE Broker. At the time of renewal, if a practitioner's compliance records are up-to-date then they will be able to renew as normal. If not then they will be prompted to report any missing continuing education through CE Broker. It is now more important than ever that approved educational providers report course completions in a timely manner. Licensees who are going through renewal will be checking to make sure that all of the completed CE has been reported.

If you have any questions about the reporting process or the various ways you can report continuing education please contact the CE Broker Help Desk toll free 1-877-434-6323 or send an email to

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UAB to host fall Ultrasound CME course - September 7 & 8
Birmingham, Alabama – At the Ross Bridge Resort, UAB invites FCEP members to an Emergency & Critical Care Ultrasound CME course, organized by the UAB Emergency Medicine Faculty and Fellows. Please see the accompanying flyer to learn how to engage in improving your skills in bedside ultrasound as well as in ultrasound-guided procedures. The course contains everything from introduction to bedside ultrasound and "knobology" to more advanced techniques in the ultrasound-based evaluation of critically ill or injured patients. Discounted rooms are available for $189/night (regular $229/night) by contacting Elena Salorio at Ross Bridge – 205-949-3038.
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ACEP distributes video cameras to emergency physicians
ACEP distributed video cameras to Emergency Physicians as they visited Capitol Hill at this year's Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C. Click on the following image to see FCEP's YouTube channel and watch Emergency Physicians just like you take advocacy efforts to the next level in Washington D.C.

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Is your hospital struggling to reduce CAUTI rates? . . . Free resources are available to link your Emergency Department (ED) to reduce catheter utilization and decrease overall CAUTI rates

Emergency Department Improvement Intervention

The On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI national faculty have developed an intervention and resources to address the particular needs of emergency departments (EDs) and to link EDs to this national CAUTI reduction initiative. EDs have unique challenges in preventing CAUTI. Numerous studies have shown that a majority of indwelling urinary catheters are placed in the ED. Workflow and staffing challenges can result in urinary catheter placement, even when they are not indicated, and the link between misuse of urinary catheters and CAUTI is well documented. The ED Improvement Intervention provides crucial support to EDs in improving catheter appropriateness and proper insertion techniques in reducing CAUTI. The intervention expands an ED's capacity to:
  • Adhere to institutional guidelines (HICPAC preferred)
  • Ensure physician and nurse engagement
  • Observe proper insertion technique
The ED Intervention Fact Sheet (.doc) provides details about the goal of the intervention, resources available and the participation requirements. The final deadline for the ED Improvement Intervention registration is August 31, 2013. There is still plenty of time for interested ED units in the FHA HEN hospitals to join the initiative! All EDs nationwide are eligible to participate, even those in hospitals or states not currently enrolled in the Stop CAUTI project.

EDs interesting in participating should:
  1. Provide contact information of the key contact person who would like to receive registration details (send name, title, hospital, phone and email address to Luanne MacNeill,, by August 15).

  2. Listen to the ED Onboarding Webinar - Recording and Slide Show


Breaking the ED enterprise myth
By Dr. Robert Hitchcock
A dangerous myth is circulating among us. It can drain your finances, reduce revenue and negatively impact patients. This myth is built on the notion that a hospital's emergency department should go enterprise. Enterprise systems can cause issues in an ED for many reasons. The ED is so different from the inpatient or ambulatory outpatient environment that there's a need for a specialized system. You wouldn't take an office-based system and put it in your inpatient environment. Why would you put an inpatient system in your ED?
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In rural ERs, children get better care with telemedicine
After a live video conference with a specialist, rural emergency room physicians are more likely to adjust diagnosis and course of treatment for injured children, research shows. The use of technology to link far-distant practitioners has been steadily increasing in the U.S.
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Florida physicians, students bring real-time healthcare to Panama
If you break your leg in Pensacola, Fla., chances are you'll have it X-rayed and in a cast within hours, courtesy of the nearest medical clinic or hospital. If you break your leg in Filipina, Panama, however, that type of care might take days and involve a journey through rural countryside to a town with an actual doctor or clinic. Separated by some 3,000 miles, Pensacola and Filipina are worlds apart on access to basic healthcare. But a team of doctors and students from Florida State University's Pensacola Regional Medical School Campus is bridging that gap, and they're using mHealth tools and technology to make those connections.
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Doctors, hospitals unite to improve meaningful use stage 2
American Medical News
Predicted problems that physicians and hospitals will encounter in upgrading and using electronic health record systems with new functionality mandated by the federal government have prompted an urgent call for additional flexibility from users of the technology.
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Children's emergency room visits due to magnet injuries on the rise
CBS News
Children may be in awe of how magnets work, but doctors are warning that the common household items can be a serious health hazard if they shove them in their mouths. A study published Aug. 6 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found that emergency room cases of children ingesting magnets increased five-fold between 2002 and 2011. Some children experienced severe damage to their intestinal walls that required surgery after swallowing several magnets.
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The 3 top healthcare industry staffing challenges — and how to solve them
The recruitment and retention of employees — always a challenge in the healthcare industry — will be especially difficult in the age of healthcare reform, with its focus on new payment models, such as accountable and value-based care. Hospitals, health systems and other providers, already feeling the pinch in hiring and retaining employees, will have to cope with 32 million more newly insured Americans seeking healthcare services once the health insurance mandates of the Affordable Care Act go into effect in 2014. To help you plan for these growing staffing needs, the following is a list of the top three challenges organizations will face and expert advice on how to solve them.
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New sign of stimulants' toll on young
The New York Times
The number of young adults who end up in the emergency room after taking Adderall, Ritalin or other such stimulants has quadrupled in recent years, federal health officials recently said, fresh evidence of the unexpected consequences that can result from the wide use of medicines for conditions like attention deficit disorder.
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In South Florida, reducing hospital readmissions key to reform
Miami Herald
Most South Florida hospitals are improving their quality of care by one important measure under federal healthcare reform: reducing the number of Medicare patients readmitted within a month, according to recently released government data analyzed by Kaiser Health News. But while many hospitals in Broward and Miami-Dade counties have reduced their readmission rates, Medicare identified 30 hospitals in the region that remained too high.
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