VACEP's 1st Leadership & Advocacy Fellows Honored Dr. Joran Sequeira, MD was honored for her work to standardize the emergency mental health assessment process prior to admitting patients to state psychiatric facilities. Dr. Cameron Olderog, MD, FACEP was honored for her work to clarify the Commonwealth’s emergency department opioid prescribing practices and development of guidelines to rationalize emergency physicians’ management of pain. Drs. Olderog and Sequeira were VACEP’s first L&A Fellows.
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Presenting the award to Dr. Olderog are L&A Fellowship Chairman Dr. Leon Adelman, MD, FACEP (left) and VACEP President Dr. Bruce Lo, MD, MBA, FACEP (right). 2.
VACEP Executive Director Bob Ramsey presented Dr. Sequeira with her resolution.
New heart attack treatment uses photosynthetic bacteria to make oxygen Acting like miniature trees that soak up sunlight and release oxygen, photosynthetic bacteria injected into the heart may lighten the damage from heart attacks, a new study in rats suggests. When researchers injected the bacteria into rats’ hearts, the microbes restored oxygen to heart tissue after blood supply was cut off as in a heart attack, researchers at Stanford University report in Science Advances.
VCU EM Students Place 4th in Sonogames “We’re so proud of our students for placing fourth out of sixty six teams at Sonogames during the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual meeting in Orlando, Florida,” said Dr. Joel Moll, MD, FACEP and Resident Program Director at VCU Medical Center.
The team members were (left to right) Lindsay Taylor (US Fellow, coach), Tim Layng (EM1), Drew Clare (EM1) and Mike Brown (EM1).
Study: One-third of the world's population is overweight Since 1980, the number of obese people has doubled worldwide and is continuing to rise, according to new research. The study, published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, stated that about one-third of the global population is overweight and 1 in 10 people are obese. “Excess body weight is one of the most challenging public health problems of our time, affecting nearly 1 in every 3 people,” lead author Dr. Ashkan Afshin said.
Medicaid Implementation of Short and Long Acting Opioids Service Authorization-Effective July 1, 2017 The purpose of this memorandum is
provide an update on the implementation of uniform short and
long acting opioid service authorization for
Fee-for-Service program and
to align with the
Virginia Board of Medicine’s Regulations Governing Prescribing of
On Nov. 21, 2016, Commissioner Marissa Levine, Virginia Health Commissioner, declared that
the opioid addiction crisis is a public health emergency in Virginia.
In 2016, over 1,133
died due to fatal
The total number of fatal
overdoses in Virginia
40% when compared to the same time period in 2015.
More Virginians died from
opioid overdoses than care accidents or homicides.
The use of evidence-based guidelines when
prescribing opioids for pain management is essential to addressing this opioid addiction crisis.
Opioids: Hospitalizations, ER visits skyrocket Hospitalizations and emergency room visits for opioid-related issues have skyrocketed over the past decade, including in Oregon, a new report shows. Nationwide, the rate of hospitalization for opioid dependence, abuse and overdose rose more than 60 percent between 2005 and 2014, according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Emergency room visits nearly doubled.
ED physician united with runner she helped save Emergency physician Dr. Deborah Vinton, MD was running a race in Richmond when she participated in CPR to save a runner. The patient, a father of three children was revived and taken to VCU Medical Center. Dr. Vinton was reunited with the patient along with an assisting flight paramedic who was at the race to cheer on his wife.
The impact of Medicaid expansion: More trips to the ER, but fewer patients are uninsured Emergency room visits increased in states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but more of those patients had insurance, according to a new analysis. The study, published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, found that after 2014, states that expanded Medicaid saw an 8.8 percent increase in the number of ER visits covered by Medicaid. But the share of those visits by the uninsured decreased by 5.3 percent.
In just one year, nearly 1.3 million Americans needed hospital care for opioid-related issues The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year.
The 2014 numbers, the latest available for every state and the District of Columbia, reflect a 64 percent increase for inpatient care and a 99 percent jump for emergency room treatment compared to figures from 2005. Their trajectory likely will keep climbing if the epidemic continues unabated.
ER visits up, uninsured visits down in Medicaid expansion states The study’s lead author, Sayeh Nikpay assistant professor of health policy at Vanderbilt University, said the impact of Medicaid expansion varied greatly depending on the state. For instance, Kentucky, where most childless adults were not eligible for Medicaid at any income level before 2014, doubled the number of total visits compared to Hawaii, which had allowed childless adults above the poverty line to get Medicaid.
Emergency Medicine Written Board Review Courses Ohio ACEP’s Emergency Medicine Board Review courses offer a comprehensive review for physicians preparing for a certification, recertification or inservice exam. Many physicians and advanced practice providers who treat urgent medical conditions attend our course for continuous certification and a review of the core content of emergency medicine. This premier board review course is attended by hundreds of physicians each year.
Review: Depression screening as inpatient important, feasible Depression affects about one-third of hospital patients and could slow their recovery, according to research published recently in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
A review of 20 studies on depression screening in hospitals showed that 33 percent of patients had symptoms of depression.
Study: Acupuncture relieves pain in emergency patients The world’s largest randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients. The study found acupuncture was as effective as pain medicine in providing long-term relief for patients who came to emergency in considerable pain. But the trial, conducted in the emergency departments of four hospitals, showed pain management remains a critical issue.
FDA seeks removal of opioid painkiller from the market The Food and Drug Administration asked a drug company to remove its opioid pain medication from the market, the first time the agency has made such a request because of the public health consequences of abuse. The agency concluded after an extensive review of Endo Pharmaceuticals’ Opana ER that the “benefits of the drug may no longer outweigh its risks.” The company reformulated the drug in 2012 to make it more difficult to snort, but the FDA said that move actually led to more injections — and a major HIV outbreak.