MOCEP held its Annual Advocacy Day event on January 25, 2017, with more than 20 emergency medicine physicians, resident and students in attendance. The group heard from elected officials, Lt. Governor Mike Parson, Rep. Holly Rehder, Rep. Jay Barnes, and Sen. Caleb Rowden in the morning. The afternoon was spent visiting with their legislators.
Through a notice on its website the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced significant changes to its registration renewal process.
Written by Christopher R. Carpenter, MD, MSc, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Division of EM, Missouri ACEP Member, Emergency Medical Abstracts Facult and W. Kenneth Milne, MD, University of Western Ontario, Emergency Medical Abstracts Faculty
Reproduced with permission of Emergency Medical Abstracts from September 2016 issue
Hardly a month goes by when the topic of prescription-drug initiated illicit substance abuse leads the mass media news or pops up in one of the emergency medicine trade journals. The numbers illustrating the growth and scope of the problem in the United States (U.S.) are staggering.
Written by Christina Creel-Bulos, RN-BSN, MD and Laura E. Creel, MA
Reprinted with permission from the EM Resident (9/27/2016)
The Importance of Early Implementation in the ED
Emily is tired. The illness is evident when she arrives in the emergency department (ED). You can see it in her face, her skin, her eyes. What little hair she has left is pulled back, and her face is haggard beyond its years. Her condition has not responded to treatment, and she is beginning to grow accustomed to the lack of energy. She does not grow accustomed to the pain, however — pain that increases steadily and has driven her to initiate difficult conversations with her family. With the inevitable drawing closer, her loved ones seek ways to mitigate Emily’s pain and ease her suffering.
Written by Todd B. Taylor, MD, FACEP, Board Certified Emergency Medicine, ABEM , Board Certified Clinical Informatics, ABPM
Solutions (work-arounds) to this relatively new issue largely depend on which EMR you are using. Having said that, very few EMR vendors have addressed this issue to any great extent.
Written by Adam Rieves, MD, PGY-2
ACEP 2016 in Las Vegas was my first time at this meeting, and its effect on my training has been palpable. I attended this event to run for a position on the EMRA Board of Directors, and was also able to experience what the meeting had to offer. The scale of this conference is substantial, and figuring out which, among the myriad educational opportunities, to seek out was challenging. Each day there was a lunch lecture that was resident focused. One day was focused on the options available for board preparation, another was a wonderful talk by Dr. Amal Mattu.
Written by Mary C. Fahey, LCSW, Clinical Coordinator, MPHP & Nancy G. Morton, Hospital Services Coordinator, MPHP and Editor of The Physician Lifeline
We are all familiar with recent studies that detail the frequency of physician burnout. The prevalence of burnout suggests that the causal factor lies within our healthcare delivery system rather than in the weaknesses of individual practitioners. As the demands upon practicing physicians will be further increasing with the expected volume of patients to increase significantly under the Affordable Care Act, it behooves physicians to take preventive steps to stave off possible burnout.
ACEP’s Emergency Medicine Wellness Week may be over but the tips and information provided should be a focus year-round for your health and the health of your co-workers. Below you will find some of the tips provided by ACEP, but please go online to the ACEP wellness section to get a complete list of tips and resources.