On June 11, EPM Editor-in- Chief and renowned educator Judith Tintinalli took to the stage in Hong Kong to address the 2014 International Conference on Emergency Medicine (ICEM). With more than 2000 attendees, this biennial meeting is the largest gathering of emergency physicians outside of the ACEP Scientific Assembly. More importantly, it’s the largest comprehensive gathering of “global emergency physicians” – those EPs committed to seeing the specialty develop around the world.
It’s strange calling this a season finale, because it’s only been an 8-episode summer run, and nearly every episode has had the kind of stunts associated with finales.
You’ve raised $81 million in investments and your physician membership now exceeds that of the AMA. What’s next? If you’re Doximity it’s time to dream big. This physician social networking powerhouse is setting its sights on real- time care coordination and health interoperability. EPM’s Nicholas Genes, MD, PhD caught up with fellow emergency physician Alex Blau, Doximity’s Medical Director and VP, to learn about Doximity’s value for EPs as well as their challenges and next steps.
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) remains one of the more serious complications of diabetes. DKA management usually involves the continuous infusion of intravenous regular insulin, as recommended by both the American Diabetes Association and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes.
After what I called "the best episode yet" of NBC's The Night Shift, it's a return to form this week, with characters responding to the (frankly unbelievable) events unfolding around them, rather than driving the action.
Your ED patient with recurrent seizures is doing much better, so why is the non-rebreather still on? It was placed half an hour ago by a well-meaning nurse, but never removed. Meanwhile, EMS brings in another patient with chest pain. You notice the patient has a nasal cannula, even though he was satting fine on room air, and breathing comfortably. If you don’t take proactive steps, that nasal cannula may stay on throughout the ACS workup.
I’ve reviewed hundreds of accounts and portfolios for many physicians over the past several years, and no matter what their age or whether they have financial advisors, I keep hearing the same complaint: “The stock market is at a record high, but my investment returns have been poor.”
First, a confession: I watched this episode right after my own ED night shift. So I'm a little tired, a little strung out on caffeine. And I’m even less tolerant of histrionics, which is often this show’s calling card.
But I’ve got to say, this was Night Shift's best episode. It actually made me optimistic for the series, which just got renewed for a 14-episode block.
Code Black, the recently released documentary by filmmaker and physician Ryan McGarry, provides a harrowing and enlightening window into the front lines of healthcare. Filmed during McGarry’s residency at Los Angeles County General Hospital, Code Black recounts the history of the C-Booth, the trauma bay at LA County where, arguably, modern emergency medicine was born. The documentary chronicles the experiences of a group of resident physicians as they fight to help patients who have nowhere else to turn, amid the demands of a system that seems more interested in paperwork and profit than people.
Leadership is about having a vision and implementing a plan. Communication is the integral ingredient that links your vision to action. In order to provide the best and most efficient healthcare, particularly in a growing environment, everyone must be on the same page and I suspect you feel a constant need to update your team about the changes that are occurring. So the question becomes how do we get our colleagues to listen and retain the pertinent info?