Winter 2011

In this issue: 

  • Don't Get Left Behind
  • Financial Planning
  • Basics of Research Video Series
  • AHA's 2010 Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Stroke

Don't Get Left Behind

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Financial Planning

ACEP and the Financial Planning Association (FPA™) are now offering financial planning resources to emergency physicians. 

FPA connnects consumer with financial planners that deliver advice using an objective, client-centered, ethical process.  FPA also offers the following brochures on important financial issues: 

Visit ACEP's Financial Planning website to find monthly articles, courtesy of FPA, that will help you understand important financial goals for you and your family.  For more details, click here. 

Basics of Research Video Series

This series of educational videos featuring Edward A. Panacek, MD, MPH, FACEP, was designed for individuals new to clinical research.  It provides background on the fundamentals of research, starting with an overview of the research process and the focuses on specific principles and terms.  Discussion questions and answers are also available that can be used as a teaching tool by instructors. 

AHA's 2010 Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Stroke 

As emergency physicians we are often the only portal to healthcare for the underserved and uninsured. With this in mind, the newly released AHA Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Stroke call on ED physicians to aggressively counsel their patients on lifestyle choices and screen for risk factors to prevent strokes. The AHA summarizes that ED physicians can prevent strokes in 5 ways. 

  1. Talk to your patients about smoking and participate in ED based smoking cessation programs 
  2. Identify patients with atrial fibrillation, and for those at high risk for stroke initiate anticoagulation with appropriate followup 
  3. Talk to your patients about the risks of hypertension and refer them for followup 
  4. Ask about drug and alcohol abuse and when appropriate provide referral to therapeutic programs 
  5. Consider ED screening and referral for treatment of diabetes and lifestyle stroke risk such as obesity and sedentary lifestyle although "effectiveness...in the ED setting is not established" 

Click here for a full summary of the AHA's 2010 Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Stroke, and click here for additional commentary on the new guidelines.  

 

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