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Invitation to EM emDOCs.net Grand Rounds

The Department of Emergency Medicine will host Alex Koyfman, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, and Brit J. Long, MD, from emDocs.net on December 5, 2019, in MN263, from 9:00am to 10:50am. Drs. Koyfman and Long will present Mental Mapping for High-risk, Low-prevalence Diseases.

Dr. Koyfman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Long is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, BAMC, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas.


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Development of new way to route patients through the UK ED system efficiently

Check out University of Kentucky News, UKNow’s article, New Emergency Department Intake System Creates Vital Changes by Mallory Olson.

“’Emergency’ and ‘wait’ are two words that cannot go together,” said Dr. J. Daniel Moore, an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Kentucky. “We should not be bringing patients back who are even more sick than they were when they walked through the doors just because they had to sit and wait for an exorbitant amount of time.”

Moore is part of a team at UK HealthCare that has developed a new way to route patients through the system efficiently, implementing a mixture of novel and evidence-based solutions that other institutions have successfully deployed. It has nearly eliminated the number of patients who leave the ED without being seen and is drastically improving patient access to the care they need. . .

“This model has shown to be effective at large primary academic centers dealing with a near constant demand for capacity,” Moore said.

Dr. Roger Humphries, chair of the UK Department of Emergency Medicine, knows that there’s still more to do. Like other academic medical centers around the U.S., there are still more patients than beds, but that’s a consistent problem nationwide. . . “Overall, the difference this process has made in our ED over two years is unprecedented,” said Humphries. “We are excited to share our research, to share proven results with other hospitals and be a leader for positive change.””

Dr. J Daniel Moore

Dr. Roger Humphries

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UK EM participates in strategy to reduce burden of substance use disorders and drug overdose

Peter Akpunonu, MD, Assistant Professor, Julia Martin, MD, Professor, and Regan Baum, PharmD, of the Department of Emergency Medicine, are listed among the  Co-PI’s on Kentucky’s application “Overdose Data To Action (OD2A),” which has been funded by the CDC. UK’s Kentucky Injury and Prevention Research Center (KIPRC) was awarded the 23 million grant to help fight the opioid epidemic. The award includes approval of an innovative strategy to perform public health surveillance on blood/urine remnant samples in the UKHealthcare ED, to reduce the burden of substance use disorders and drug overdoses in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. You can read more about the 23 million grant at UKNow, University of Kentucky News.


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Faculty article published in American Journal of Case Reports

Check out the journal article, Flecainide Toxicity Resulting in Pacemaker Latency and Intermittent Failure to Capture, by Peter Akpunonu, MD, and Regan Baum, PharmD, et al. published in the August issue of American Journal of Case Reports.

Suffredini JM, Rutland J, Akpunonu P, Baum R, Catanzaro J, Elayi CS. Flecainide Toxicity Resulting in Pacemaker Latency and Intermittent Failure to Capture. The American journal of case reports. 201930; 20 : 1279-1283.


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EM Wilderness Medicine Day

Emergency medicine residents and faculty were hosted at a local horse farm for their Wilderness Medicine Day. This event allowed the residents to leave the classroom and practice hands-on wilderness medicine skills in an outdoor setting.

Grouped into small teams, residents had to overcome common wilderness obstacles and provide patient assessment and procedures in an environment where typical health care resources were not available.

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