ED opioid prescriptions linked to lower risk for long-term use Patients in the ED were more likely to be prescribed opioids in accordance with current CDC guidelines and less likely to progress to long-term use than those prescribed opioids in other clinical settings, according to findings published in Annals of Emergency Medicine.
“Because of a four-fold increase in opioid prescriptions since 1999, long-term opioid use has become major public health issues in the United States,” Molly M. Jeffery, PhD, from the division of emergency medicine research at Mayo Clinic, and colleagues wrote.
Are you ready to make a difference within Virginia? VACEP is quickly growing and is looking for the best to join leadership roles within the College. The Board of Directors — a group of some of the best of ER physicians in Virginia — come together to discuss current events in emergency medicine, tackle projects focused on their specific areas of medicine, and become better experts within the industry. If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we’d love for you to apply. Simply submit your CV to Bob Ramsey (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Nov. 1, 2017.
If you’re not looking to fill a leadership role, but would like to attend a meeting, you’re more than welcome! All members are welcome to attend Board meetings and all you have to do is email Bob and let him know you’ll be in attendance.
Mark your calendars for the next meetings:
2017: Dec. 7 2018: Feb. 11, June 7, Sept. 6, Dec. 6 2019: Feb. 10, June 6, Sept. 5, Dec. 5 2020: Feb. 9, June 4, Sept. 3, Dec. 10
Brain trust: Turning our heads with novel technology Sometimes it can seem as if the emergency department is the neurology waiting room. Many new technologies are being applied to neurologic disorders, but they may result in complications and an ED visit for the patient. Deep brain stimulation is one of them.
McDade Research Award Applications Are Open! The award is bestowed for exemplary and outstanding research in the field of emergency medical care. Recipients will be honored during the VACEP Annual Meeting on Feb. 10, 2018.
The three categories and eligibility are as follows:
Residency — Any resident in an approved Emergency Medicine residency program in the Commonwealth of Virginia who is a member of VACEP.
Post-Graduate — Any licensed physician within the Commonwealth of Virginia who is a member of VACEP.
Non-Physician – Any non-resident or licensed physician in the Commonwealth who has an interest in emergency medicine research.
Applications are available from email@example.com and are due by Jan. 12, 2018.
The McDade Research Award was established by VACEP in 1981 to honor Dr. John P. McDade for his role in starting the first emergency medicine program in the United States. Dr. McDade was a Past President of ACEP and a founding member of the Virginia College.
The impact of trauma on trauma providers Exhibiting a wealth of knowledge and instinct, honed and sharpened by experience, medical first responders and emergency room professionals triage and treat thousands of emergency department (ED) patients each year in America’s hospitals. But at the end of a very long day, are ED physicians likely to become susceptible to post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)?
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This event is generously sponsored by Physicians for Fair Coverage, who is working to end the surprised insurance gap and improve patient protections by achieving passage of legislation to alleviate surprise medical bills and provide for greater transparency of pricing and coverage.
Mass shooting in Las Vegas signals new reality for hospitals Dr. Jeff Davidson, a longtime emergency room physician in Las Vegas, received two disturbing phone calls late on the night of Oct. 1.
The first was from an emergency medical responder who told him there was shooting nearby at a concert. Then, a few minutes later came a call from the emergency coordinator at Valley Hospital Medical Center asking him to come quickly; extra hands were needed.
“You think you are prepared . . . but you are never prepared until something happens,” he said.
Simple tool accurately predicts 30-day mortality for patients with acute heart failure in the ER A simple tool using readily available data can accurately estimate the 30-day mortality risk for patients admitted to the emergency department with acute heart failure. Emergency department physicians may consider using this tool to inform clinical decisions. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Acute heart failure accounts for more than 1 million hospitalizations in the United States and Europe, and about 90 percent of patients visit the emergency department for their symptoms.
How to identify and divert persistent, frequent ER users A core group of patients who frequent the emergency department, sometimes called superusers, are likely to continue the behavior for many years. But it’s hard to predict which patients fall into that category in order to intervene.
New research could help hospitals not only predict which patients will become persistent frequent ER users but also help change their behavior through coordinated, multidisciplinary care programs.
Injuries on stairs occur in all age groups and abilities More than 1 million Americans injure themselves on stairs each year, according to a study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Older adults, younger children and women reported more injuries, but all ages show up in emergency departments for sprains, strains, bumps and fractures.
“Stairs are a common source of injury among all ages, and the frequency and rate of stair-related injuries are increasing,” said senior author Dr. Gary Smith of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Millions of cancer-related ER visits set to increase: Are we ready? Emergency departments are notoriously overburdened, resulting in huge inefficiencies. Most people have a personal story of waiting for hours at “emergency” clinics overwhelmed with people requiring immediate care. Part of the problem is that patients with chronic illnesses (such as cancer) must visit the emergency department for relatively less urgent issues, like chest pain or urinary tract infection. A visit to the emergency department is routinely encouraged by doctors since it could be something worse, and cancer patients often require special attention.
Heroin taking bigger share of US opioid ODs New U.S. hospital overdose data suggests that drug addicts are turning from prescription opioid painkillers to heroin as an easier way to get high, researchers report.
Hospital and emergency room treatment rates for prescription opioid overdoses (such as OxyContin) decreased annually by about 5 percent between 2010 and 2014. This was about the same time tough new prescribing laws were drafted to combat the opioid epidemic, the study authors said.