Maureen Salamon

October 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — With large-scale disasters from hurricanes to mass shootings dominating recent headlines, emergency planning and preparedness will be in the spotlight at the upcoming American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2017 Scientific Assembly.

Dr Jonathan Davis

"In light of recent national and global events, it's part of the storyline," said Jonathan Davis, MD, from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, who is chair of the ACEP planning committee.

One seminar — Super Bowl Medicine: Behind the Scenes of Emergency Planning and Preparedness — will look at the management of threats, such as emergency diseases and natural disasters, at large public events, including the Super Bowl.

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"We're providing tools and best practices for clinicians on the front lines," Dr Davis told Medscape Medical News.

This year's conference will also feature potentially practice-changing research, including results from a study of rivaroxaban (Xarelto, Janssen Pharmaceuticals) used to prevent the hospitalization of patients who present to the emergency department with pulmonary embolism.

Dr Alexander Limkakeng Jr

"This is the trial many have been waiting for to determine whether to do this in clinical practice," said Alexander Limkakeng Jr, MD, from the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, who is cocourse director of the ACEP 2017 Research Forum.

"It's a really impactful study that the everyday clinician should find interesting," he told Medscape Medical News.

Another noteworthy study examines whether patient-satisfaction scores for individual physicians who work in both freestanding and hospital-based emergency departments differ by setting.

This study "gets at the idea that it's not just the physician that determines score," said Dr Limkakeng. "It is also the environment."

Covering Every Nook and Cranny of Emergency Care

Didactic presentations will cover "cutting-edge topics on every nook and cranny of emergency care," Dr Davis added.

"ACEP goes well beyond presenting abstracts and research studies; it's the synthesis of the greatest research out there," he explained. "We're distilling the most important things for emergency clinicians to utilize in care."

More than 350 educational courses from 25 different tracks will span topics that range from critical emergency department management to emergency imaging, infectious disease, trauma, and urology, and obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr Ernest Wang

New course formats that provide quick bursts of information cater to all levels of experience, said Ernest Wang, MD, from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, who is cochair of the meeting.

ACEP Connect, which will be live tweeted, is comprised of five courses on topics such as high-risk procedural sedation, mental health, and the Affordable Care Act.

During Rapid Fire courses, attendees will engage with speakers during casual, 30-minute, small-group sessions on topics such as the subtle signs of patient abuse, acute limb ischemia, medical school debt, and endocrine emergencies.

"We're taking a different approach to engaging attendees because emergency medicine is now a more multigenerational group," Dr Wang told Medscape Medical News. To that end, "educational options are more varied than in past years."

Popular skills labs will cover advanced airway techniques, advanced bedside echocardiography, opioid alternatives for pain management, and critical care emergency ultrasound.

The exhibit hall will showcase innovatED, a mock emergency department that features a real trauma bay. The space was created to "highlight the cutting-edge, experimental innovation that is going to change the way emergency care is delivered in the future," Dr Wang explained.

White Coat Day

Attendees can take advantage of the conference location by participating in White Coat Day on November 1, when clinicians will advocate for emergency medicine and patient care during visits with congressional staff members.

"It's more like a rally," Dr Wang explained. "We stand out because we all will be wearing white coats. Now more than ever, it's important to be more mobile in a constructive way."

"The one constant we can count on is change," added Dr Davis. "We're certainly seeing it on the policy stage, and it's particularly exciting to have the conference in Washington, which is at the center of so many critical decisions."

Dr Limkakeng has been a site or primary investigator for Roche Diagnostics, Abbott Laboratories, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, the Department of Defense/Henry Jackson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Hospital Quality Foundation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, BASE-Ischemia Care, and the Emergency Medicine Foundation. Dr Davis and Dr Wang have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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