As a member of the Guideline Development Group of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Laura J. Bontempo, MD, MEd, co-authored “Clinical Practice Guideline: Evaluation of the Neck Mass in Adults Executive Summary,” which was published in the September 2017 issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (157:355-371). The full text of the guideline is available in a supplement to the same issue (157[2S]:S1-S30). Its primary purpose is to promote the efficient, effective, and accurate diagnostic workup of neck masses to ensure that adults with potentially malignant disease receive prompt diagnosis and intervention to optimize outcomes.
Amal Mattu, MD, collaborated with John Field, MD, from Penn State College of Medicine, as guest editors of the February issue of Cardiology Clinics, titled “Emergency Cardiology: From ED to CCU.” Dr. Mattu also coauthored one of the articles in this issue, “Evolving Electrocardiographic Indications for Emergent Reperfusion,” along with Michael Lipinski, MD, PhD, from MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and William J. Brady, MD, from the University of Virginia School of Medicine (36:13-26).
As a member of the Ethics Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Elizabeth Clayborne, MD, MA, co-authored the article titled “Futile Care—An Emergency Medicine Approach: Ethical and Legal Considerations,” which was published in the November issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine (70:707?713). The article takes a compassionate look at futile care in the emergency department and concludes with recommendations for communication and consultation.
Roger Stone, MD, MS, EMS Medical Director, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, served as collaborator, advisor, and coauthor for two studies conducted by prehospital personnel. The results of those studies were presented as posters at this year’s annual conference of the National Association of EMS Physicians, held in San Diego in January. Captain Jamie Baltrotsky, BS, NRP, presented "Preliminary Impacts of Adding Follow-up Home Visits on Call Volumes Generated by EMS ‘Super-Users’ Enrolled in a New Mobile Integrated Health Protocol" and Lieutenant Timothy Burns, MS, NRP, presented "The AFIRE Trial: Analysis oF medIcatIon storage TempeRatuREs (AFIRE) in a Modern EMS Fleet.”
Stephen Thom, MD, PhD, and Ming Yang, MD, MS, in collaboration with colleagues from Serbia, Croatia, and Canada, published the article titled “Disturbed Blood Flow Worsens Endothelial Dysfunction in Moderate-Severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” in the December 2017 issue of Scientific Reports.