ACEP News, May 2009

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Join the ever-growing number of emergency physicians who are demanding change. Contact Congress today and insist that health care reform legislation addresses your issues.

Physicians and health care organizations must now implement a formal identify theft prevention program to protect their patients under a little-known set of regulations called the "Identity Theft Red Flags Rule."

Almost 90% of patients with a prehospital electrocardiographic diagnosis of ST-elevation myocardial infarction had a "door-to-balloon" time of 90 minutes or less, in a study of patients treated at 10 regional networks of hospitals across the United States.

By slowing destructive cell processes and reducing edema and intracranial pressure, hypothermia may improve neurologic outcomes in patients with traumatic brain injury or ischemic stroke.

Member columnist David F. Baehren, M.D. reflects on a hypothetical phone call.

Nearly two-thirds of physicians receive additional pay for providing emergency department on-call services in the hospital, according to a survey from the Medical Group Management Association.

Be thorough in your history taking when infants or children present with a neck mass.

Emergency preparedness departments and hospital-based physicians can design and carry out their own emergency drills

A hospital's score on the Leapfrog Group's Safe Practices Survey is not a significant predictor of mortality outcomes at that hospital, according to a report in JAMA.

When we think of emergency physician wellness, the threat of infectious disease does not immediately come to mind.

Acute retinal detachment is a sight-threatening condition requiring urgent diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Christopher J. Rosko, a mem-ber of ACEP's Finance Com-mittee, is also the medical di-rector for MedjetAssist, the nation's leading private emergency medical evacuation membership program.

An ACEP member provides feedback on the previous article "Cardiac Arrest Centers May Improve Survival."

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