Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, MPH, PhD, was interviewed by Bruce Alan of WTOP News in Washington regarding the effect of the Affordable Care Act on emergency departments. Topics included the shortage of primary care physicians, access to care for the mentally ill, and the need for federal policymakers to improve resource allocation through their funding decisions. Dr. Hirshon chairs the ACEP Task Force that compiled America's Emergency Care Environment: A State-by-State Report Card, an assessment of the "health" of emergency medical services across the country.
Ashley Strobel, MD, recently published the EMRA Pediatric ECG Pocket Card, which describes congenital cardiac anomalies and causes of sudden cardiac death in children. This handy reference tool presents ECG interpretations based on age and ED-relevant Davignon intervals. It is available at the ACEP bookstore.
Dr. Amal Mattu presented three lectures in Las Vegas in late April: "Wide Complex Tachycardias: Myths and Pitfalls" and "Acute MI: A Big Piece of Medico-Legal Pie" at the 25th Annual High Risk Emergency Medicine Conference" and "Everyday Leadership: Secrets of Great Minds Through the Ages" at EmCare's 27th Annual Leadership Conference.
The current issue of EM Resident, the membership magazine of the Emergency Medicine Residents' Associaton, contains two articles from our department: "Pulling the Trigger: A Brief Review of Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure" by Adeleke Oni, MD, and Semha Tewelde, MD, and "Backboards: Do They Really Have Your Back?" by Christina Tupe, MD, and J.V. Nable, MD. The issue is available at www.emra.org/uploadedfiles/emra/publications/em-resident/emra-emres-2014april-may-web.pdf.