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Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine

Each month, Critical Decisions, ACEP's official CME publication, provides two clinically focused lessons, reviews of the ABEM LLSA articles, and brief ECG, pharmacology, and imaging presentations designed to keep your skills current.

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PEER IX: Physician’s Evaluation and Educational Review in Emergency Medicine, Volume IX is emergency medicine's gold standard for content review and self-assessment. Since 1974, tens of thousands of emergency physicians have turned first to PEER for content and self-assessment. Prepare for your board exam with the best-selling emergency medicine review product.

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Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing in Ambulatory Settings

Seasonal influenza epidemics affect an estimated 5% to 20% of the US population and are associated with an average of more than 200,000 hospitalizations each year and approximately 3,000 to 49,000 deaths. Annual influenza vaccination is the single most effective strategy for preventing influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that every person 6 months old and older receive influenza vaccination every year unless it is contraindicated. Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests (RIDTs), if correctly interpreted, provide quick results and can help guide management of suspected influenza patients in ambulatory settings. This new course, developed by The Joint Commission and the CDC with representation from ACEP, addresses many factors affecting RIDT results, discusses misperceptions about RIDTs, and provides guidance on the role of RIDTs in diagnosing influenza in ambulatory settings. The course is free for ACEP members; registration is required. Follow this link, then click “Register” to set up a user name and password (not your current ACEP ID and password).

A Kid Friendly Approach to Pediatric Dehydration
Achieving intravenous (IV) access in pediatric patients can be problematic and time-consuming, particularly in infants and young children who are agitated or present with difficult venous access. Subcutaneous (SC) hydration, augmented with a spreading agent such as hyaluronidase, is an alternative to IV therapy. Therefore, it is important that emergency physicians, especially those who routinely deal with pediatric dehydration, receive education about the current evidence for managing pediatric dehydration, as well as the value of enzyme augmentation as a potential benefit to patients in whom it is difficult or impractical to establish an IV line. This activity is a Satellite Symposium that was originally presented at the 2009 ACEP Scientific Assembly and was underwritten by Baxter Healthcare.

"Focus On"
This series of clinical articles provides useful information to the practicing emergency physician, and FREE CME credit to members who participate. The "Focus On" series looks at an issue or topic common in everyday practice, but through a lens that highlights a state-of-the-art treatment, a new approach based on emergency medicine literature, or something innovative that will change a physician's practice.

Free CME On-demand Webcourse Explores Management of ACS Patients
This on-demand program is designed for emergency physicians, cardiologists, and others who treat acute coronary syndromes. The FREE program will discuss current guidelines for acute treatment while analyzing clinical trial results and new and emerging therapeutic options. The program is accredited by the Potomac Center for Medical Education. This program offers 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

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