ACEP News, December 2009

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Treatment at a trauma center versus a nontrauma center was associated with an increase of 70 additional life-years per 100 patients, according to a large, multistate cohort analysis of patients.

New performance measures designed to evaluate and improve outcomes for patients undergoing transitions in care should also go a long way toward improving emergency physicians' job satisfaction, Dr. Susan M. Nedza said.

A revised analysis of data on the ability of N95 respirators to prevent transmission of viral infections, including influenza, to health care workers raised new doubts about the appropriateness of recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on N95 use for influenza protection.

We still practice in a world where specialists descend from above and bark orders like we are their indentured servants.

As I write this, the Yankees won their 27th World Series title, the stock market just went up another 100 points, and the Democrats have unveiled yet another new and improved health care plan. It's déjà vu all over again.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is offering two online tools to help locate alternate health care facilities when hospitals and clinics are overwhelmed or unable to function due to hurricanes, floods, or other disasters.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pilot-testing a system to deliver information about pandemic influenza A(H1N1) and other health information directly to mobile phones, according to a statement on the CDC's Web site.

Top picks of articles for emergency physicians can run the gamut from infectious disease to seizure meds to resuscitation.

Brendan O'Neil's science project ended up as a poster presentation, "A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effect of Energy Drinks on Exercise Performance, Dexterity, Reaction Time, and Vital Signs Before and After Exercise."

Want to share the news about an ACEP member's recent appoint-ment or award?

EMF's Wiegenstein Legacy Society, named after ACEP's founding father, Dr. John Wiegenstein, is a special group that recognizes individuals who provide support for EMF through planned gifts.

Acute otitis media remains the most common diagnosis for which antibiotics are prescribed in children in the United States.

Colleague Commentary: The medical-legal system in this country is so unpredictable that one can argue that even where a standard of care is met, defendants are at risk of losing their case.

Patients presenting to the emergency department have only a 75% chance of being seen by a physician within the time recommended at triage, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The Federal Trade Commission once again has delayed enforcement of the Red Flags Rule, giving physicians until June 1, 2010, to comply with new requirements aimed at preventing identity theft.

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