The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Annual Meeting was held June 1-5, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Research Forum featured 655 Abstracts, and 24 Innovations in Emergency Medicine education presentations. We selected the 10 we thought had the most potential to impact the practice of emergency physicians.

I recently consulted at a Virginia hospital that is planning on opening an Emergency Department Observation Unit (EDOU) in 2012. While on site, I was asked an interesting question by the hospital CEO. “What do you think will be the role of Observation Units within the structure of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and how can we design our future unit to meet that challenge?”

altThe successes and failures of physician in triage regarding waiting room hours, length of stay and consults. 

altWhen contemplating the potential complications of a sore throat, it’s time to consider more than the usual suspects. Lemierrie’s syndrome might not be the zebra you thought it was.

altKevin Kikta, an EP on duty during the Joplin tornado, recalls the first harrowing moments, and Michael Lohmeier, an EP from St. Louis, recounts the first hours of Missouri DMAT’s recovery effort.

alt“Do male physicians get preferential treatment in the ED?” EPM asked this among other questions in this year’s workforce survey. Think you know the answers? You might be surprised to hear what you colleagues had to say.

Why are we are still subjecting patients–particularly children–to dangerous doses of CT radiation when imaging for appendicitis?

In the Spring of 2011, surgeon Cristiana Bertocchi finished a stint in Côte d’Ivoire–Ivory Coast–working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). She served in the Abobo Sud neighborhood of Abidjan, one of the main flash points in the country’s widespread violence. At the time of her visit, the Ministry of Health hospital in Abobo Sud was the area’s only fully-functioning hospital and one of the few in the city. Medical teams there treated hundreds of emergency patients, most of whom had bullet wounds.

When emergency physician Ken Mwatha fell asleep after a shift, he set in motion a chain of events that would change his life – and his practice of emergency medicine – forever.

I want to save victims from cardiac arrest. I want to apply good CPR, use the right tools to improve outcomes, and use only the medications and processes that improve long-term restoration of neurologic function. Unfortunately, as Jimmy Buffett would say, “I arrived a little too late”.

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