ACEP News, June 2009

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ACEP President Dr. Nick Jouriles wants all emergency physicians to contact Congress and urge lawmakers to include emergency care issues in the upcoming health care reform bills.

 Members and staff work to ensure lawmakers remember critical emergency medicine issues in the proposals. Help build support by contacting Congress.

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.

The three committees with jurisdiction over health care in the House of Representatives will make their health reform "framework" public by early June.

A new report from the Flight Safety Foundation identifies 26 systemic risks involved in helicopter medical evacuation.

Even as the rate of new 2009-H1N1 infections dwindles in the Northern Hemisphere, infection officials are bracing for the influenza's potential re-emergence this fall.

It's natural, as we get older, to yearn for times past--times that we remember to be better than the present.

A randomized trial exploring the benefit of hypertonic saline resuscitation in patients with traumatic brain injury has been halted, after an interim analysis determined that the intervention was not significantly better than resuscitation with normal saline.

Unplanned, nonemergent visits to the emergency department for cast-related concerns following treatment in an orthopedic fracture clinic are common and place an unnecessary burden on the health care system, results of a 5-year retrospective study demonstrate.

CT scans are responsible for 91% of total radiation exposure in pediatric trauma patients, even though only 32% of imaging done in these patients is computed tomography, study results showed.

To eliminate any risk of skin burns, transdermal medication patches should be removed before patients undergo magnetic resonance imaging scans, the Food and Drug Administration advises.

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring manufacturers to place more prominent warning labels on certain over-the-counter drug products to alert consumers to the potential risks of liver injury from acetaminophen and stomach bleeding from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

The vast majority of people who become physicians are truly invested in helping their patients and achieving the best outcomes for them.

A record number of almost 500 attendees, including more than 100 emergency medicine residents, participated in this year's ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

A 5-year journey filled with tireless effort recently resulted in a significant victory for Utah ACEP when its liability protection bill was signed into law.

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