Department Blog

Posted 6/16/2016 by Linda Kesselring

May Issue of Clinics: Abdominal and GI Emergencies

Joe Martinez, MD, was a guest editor for the May 2016 issue of Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, which focuses on abdominal and gastrointestinal emergencies. In addition, he co-authored the article “Abdominal Vascular Catastrophes.” Christina Tupe, MD, and Thuy Pham, MD, contributed the article titled “Anorectal Complaints in the Emergency Department.” The foreword for the issue ("Oh, My Aching Belly") was written by Amal Mattu, MD, consulting editor for EMCNA.

Posted 6/14/2016 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Daro Publishes Article on PE Detected by CTA

Ryan Daro, MD, a second-year EM resident, is a co-author of the article titled "Incidence of Pulmonary Emboli on Chest Computed Tomography Angiography Based Upon Referral Patterns," published in the June issue of Emergency Radiology. Based on a review of 6400 charts, the authors found no difference in the incidence of PE in CTA studies requested by residents, attendings, or physician extenders. The highest incidence was in studies requested from inpatient settings. Their article can be read at this address:

Posted 6/8/2016 by Linda Kesselring

Hot Topics at Maryland Resuscitation Academy

Ben Lawner, DO, MS, EMT-P, presented the lecture “Post Arrest Emergency Care: Hypothermia, STEMI, CV Bundle, Hot Topics" at the Maryland Resuscitation Academy, held in Marriottsville last week. The 2-day symposium focused on increasing survival and improving neurologic outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. It was sponsored by the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services and the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.

Posted 6/6/2016 by Linda Kesselring

Evaluation of Cardiac Defibrillator Shocks in the ED

Amal Mattu, MD, and his colleagues from the University of Virginia published a review titled “ED Evaluation and Management of Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator Electrical Shocks,” in the June issue of the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. In this article, the authors review the function of defibrillators; discuss the causes of appropriate and inappropriate shocks; and present algorithms for the assessment and stabilization of patients who have experienced one, multiple, or phantom "firings."

Posted 6/3/2016 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Mallemat Publishes Commentary on Sickle Cell Crisis

Haney Mallemat, MD, is a co-author of “Sickle Cell Crisis and You: A How-to-Guide,” published in the June issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine. The article is an EM:RAP commentary about a case presentation in the same journal.

Posted 6/1/2016 by Linda Kesselring

EM Faculty at EMS Care 2016

Three EM faculty members presented lectures during EMS Care 2016, the annual statewide conference sponsored by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. Ben Lawner, DO, MS, EMT-P, teamed up with Michael Clumpner, PhD, MBA, NRP, an expert in tactical emergency medical services response to active shooter scenarios, to deliver the keynote address, "The Truth is Out There: More EMS Articles You Have to Know!" Dr. Lawner also led breakout sessions on mobile integrated health care and the prehospital management of penetrating trauma. Danya Khoujah, MBBS, presented “Altered Mental Status: It’s Not Always ETOH” and “”Seizures in Adults: Beyond Versed.” Roger Stone, MD, MS, presented “A Working Code is a Working Fire: Culture Change in Maryland Fire Companies to Enhance the Success of HPCPR in Limited Resource Situations.” 

Ben Lawner, DO, EMT-P, and his colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published the article titled "Pediatric Use of Emergency Medical Services: The Role of Chronic Illnesses and Behavioral Health Problems" in the May-June issue of Prehospital Emergency Care.


Posted 4/20/2016 by Linda Kesselring

Annual Educational Conference of MD ACEP

Priya Kuppusamy, MD, and George Willis, MD, were faculty members for this year's Annual Educational Conferrence sponsored by the Maryland chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. The conference was held in Linthicum Heights on April 8. Dr. Kuppusamy presented “The Pressure is On! Pregnancy Disasters,” and Dr. Willis's lecture was titled “When Seconds Count…The Crashing Aortic Dissection.” Michael Winters, MD, chaired the Planning Committee that compiled the conference program. 

Posted 4/18/2016 by Linda Kesselring

East Coast Helicopter Operations Conference

Ben Lawner, DO, MS, EMT-P, and Daniel Haase, MD, were faculty members for the East Coast Helicopter Operations (ECHO) Critical Care Weekend, held in Philadelphia in early April. Dr. Lawner was a member of the Trauma Case Series panel, which reviewed cutting-edge advances in trauma care and discussed indications for interfacility/aeromedical patient transfers. Dr. Haase served on the "Ask the Professor" panel, which reviewed critical care patient scenarios. ECHO was founded in 2013 to provide a means for emergency medical services and law enforcement flight programs to share experiences, train together, and brainstorm solutions to common challenges.


Posted 4/13/2016 by Linda Kesselring

ECG Manifestations of Hyperkalemia

Amal Mattu, MD, with colleagues William Brady, MD, from the University of Virginia School of Medicine ,and Jeffrey Tabas, MD, from the University of California San Francisco, published the ECG of the Month in the April issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine. Their article describes the electrocardiographic manifestations of hyperkalemia in a diabetic man with altered mental status.