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In order to put “Advocacy in Action”, we need your help and support!
January 18–20, 2016
Hotel Duval, Tallahassee, FL
Emergency Medicine Days is the premier advocacy event for the Florida College of Emergency Physicians. It takes place during regular legislative session, and is a valuable opportunity for Florida’s emergency physicians to get to know their state legislators and discuss the key issues currently affecting emergency medicine. It is also a wonderful opportunity to earn continuing medical education (CME) credit.
For more info on the event, click here to visit the event page!
To register for EM Days 2016, click here!
Our hotel room block at Hotel Duval for EM Days 2016 is full!
Click here for more information on overflow rooms available at the Four Points by Sheraton in Downtown Tallahassee.
The Florida College of Emergency Physicians is happy to announce that our 2016 Symposium by the Sea will take place August 4-7, 2016 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned to www.emlrc.org for more details to come!
Procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) is often difficult to explain to patients or parents in the ED setting. PAMI has created free access, easy to read educational resources for pediatric and adult procedural sedation. Physicians, nurses, and advanced practitioners can now earn free CME/CEUs by reviewing PAMI’s online learning module “Procedural Sedation and Analgesia (PSA) in Adults and Children in Emergency Settings”. All of PAMI’s educational content is free to download and is adaptable to your facility’s needs. A PAMI Pain Management and Dosing Guide is coming in January 2016 and will include PSA medications. Follow PAMI on Facebook at https://goo.gl/OMRHMe.
For more information, visit the Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (PAMI) at http://pami.emergency.med.jax.ufl.edu/.
The Florida College of Emergency Physicians is happy to announce that our 2016 Written Board Review Course will take place August 21-25, 2016 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned to www.emlrc.org for more details to come!
ACEP is accepting articles for its Doc Blog on Emergency Care for You’s website. ACEP is looking for 400- to 500-word articles on a consume-related topic written from an emergency physician’s perspective.
Below is a list of suggested topics:
• Ice-related injuries that I’ve treated
If you’re interested in writing about and of the above topics or have any other ideas, email email@example.com.
• New Year’s resolutions for your health.
• New teen drivers and the dangers they may face
• Is that text message worth the injury?
• A minor symptom that turned out to be a serious problem
• My most difficult day in the ER and why
• Carbon monoxide dangers with heaters/grills, etc.
• Mental health care in America from an emergency physician perspective
• How do you know if it’s pneumonia?
• Diabetic emergencies
• STDs – what we see in the ED
• Drug abuse in teens
• Dangers of synthetic drugs
• Dangers of accidental falls
• Dangers with slipping on ice (injuries you’ve seen)
• Common eye injuries
• Compassion in the ED (How you communicate with patients/ loved ones in stressful situations
• Your struggles finding specialists in the emergency department
• Why vaccines save lives.
• Teens and sports-related concussions
• My experience inside the ED with a mass casualty incident
Part of FCEP’s mission is to advance emergency medicine and improve access to emergency care through advocacy. Help to further this cause by supporting these Political Action Committees (click on the link below to donate):
Physicians for Emergency Care (PEC) and Emergency Care for Florida
Save the dates and mark your calendar with all of FCEP's upcoming events!
Click here to see the 2015-2016 FCEP Annual Calendar.
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Health News Florida
Florida legislators have cut $100 million from the state’s mental health budget since 2009 — and now an investigative series, “Insane. Invisible. In Danger.” by two Florida newspapers details how those cuts have put patients and staff in harm’s way.
Health News Florida spoke with the Tampa Bay Times’ Leonora LaPeter Anton, one of the reporters who spent more than a year looking into Florida’s mental hospitals.
Florida slipped from 32nd to 33rd this year on the list of America's most healthy states, according to a ranking released recently by the United Health Foundation.
The Sunshine State was cited for its low rate of obesity, low incidence of pertussis and low levels of air pollution.
Health News Florida
Some Tampa-area lawmakers are giving Medicaid expansion little chance of being considered during the upcoming state legislative session.
State Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, told a gathering of the Tampa Bay Health Care Collaborative that Medicaid expansion hasn't found support the past three years in Tallahassee.
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“[T]he best method for reaching urban adolescents with uncontrolled asthma seems to be to approach them in the ED. This method is labor intensive and enrollment activities must avoid competing with other priorities in the delivery of care. However, if research strategies and protocols can be further streamlined, ED staff members seem willing to adjust,” Christine L.M. Joseph, PhD, senior epidemiologist at the department of public health sciences at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, and colleagues wrote.
Sniffing isopropyl alcohol may be a cheap and effective way to relieve nausea among emergency department patients, a recent study suggests.
Researchers from the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to test the efficacy of inhaled isopropyl alcohol for relieving nausea and pain versus placebo.
An analysis of more than 1.3 million emergency department visits found an increase in patient length of stay of approximately 5 minutes associated with the presence of medical students in the emergency department, which was statistically significant but likely too small to be of clinical relevance, according to a study in the Dec. 8 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on medical education.
Systematic collection of cancer patients' symptoms using computer surveys was linked to less frequent emergency room admissions, longer average chemotherapy adherence, greater quality of life improvements, and improved survival, according to a new randomized, controlled trial spearheaded by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher.
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Researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research have published a study exploring providers' perceptions regarding identifying and treating older adults with delirium in prehospital and emergency room department environments.
They conducted structured focus groups separately interviewing emergency medical service staff, emergency nurses, and emergency physicians. Recordings of each session were transcribed, coded, and analyzed for themes with representatives supporting quotations identified.
By Scott E. Rupp
In another round of political posturing against the Affordable Care Act, the Senate recently passed legislation that would repeal large swaths of the healthcare law. The bill, called Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, won House approval in October. But the vote has no chance of moving forward while President Barack Obama is in office. The bill does, however, set the stage for the Republicans' agenda should they regain control of the White House.
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Disaster medicine was developed in the 1980s by three doctors: Pierre Huguenard, Alain Larcan, and Surgeon General René Noto. Unlike emergency medicine, where one is dealing with a patient, disaster medicine has to deal with a group of patients. The number of doctors and care personnel is no longer sufficient for personalized medical care, and a different type of organization is required involving patient triage, focusing initially on those most seriously injured while the others are placed on standby. This is the first major difference.
Crowded emergency departments have been vexing patients and hospital staff for years as consumers have increasingly sought care there. But a new study finds that many of the busiest facilities have yet to adopt several well regarded measures to reduce the wait and minimize delays.
The study, published in the journal Health Affairs this week, measured crowding based on patients’ length of stay in the emergency department and then divided hospitals into quartiles from least to most crowded.
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