ACEP News, September 2009

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Six journalists received Excellence in Journalism Awards from the American College of Emergency Physicians during the 2009 Leadership and Advocacy Conference.

The common practice of ordering a screening head CT scan in hemophiliac children with minor head trauma and a normal neurologic exam has a vanishingly low yield and is probably counterproductive, a study suggests.

Operation Bushmaster is a grueling 72-hour experience where fourth-year students at the federally run medical school are tested on their response to a simulated peacekeeping deployment.

Clinicians should educate their patients about the potential for hepatotoxicity with acetaminophen and make sure they understand acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and is contained in many combination over-the-counter and prescription products, a Food and Drug Administration representative said at an advisory panel meeting on the topic.

As general counsel and director of risk management for Canton, Ohio-based Emergency Medicine Physicians, Dr. Michael Frank fields his share of calls from partner groups asking for insight on how to keep a lid on malpractice insurance costs.

In his dual roles as an emergency physician and health care lawyer, Dr. Michael Frank has observed an increasing number of patients seeking printouts of their medical records--and finding documentation that is incomplete, inaccurate, or completely wrong.

A new feature of this year's Research Forum allows attendees to search poster or oral abstract ?presentations by fields or by meeting dates and times.

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