ACEP meet­ing con­venes in shadow of Ebola

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK AHEAD - —An­dis Robeznieks

In Oc­to­ber 2001, the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Emer­gency Physi­cians met in Chicago amid wide­spread anx­i­ety over the state of emer­gency preparedness. The U.S. at the time was reel­ing from the 9/11 at­tacks and an­thrax fears.

This week, the ACEP meets in Chicago amid another na­tional cri­sis, this time in­volv­ing an in­fec­tious dis­ease fa­tal in a majority of cases. Three ses­sions have been sched­uled to dis­cuss the ap­pro­pri­ate clin­i­cal re­sponse to the Ebola virus.

The goal is to help emer­gency physi­cians “pre­pare for what­ever is com­ing through their door,” said Bobby Heard, ACEP’s as­so­ciate ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for mem­ber­ship and ed­u­ca­tion.

One ma­jor at­trac­tion will be a mock 10,000-square-foot emer­gency de­part- ment demon­strat­ing how ED teams can han­dle mass ca­su­alty events while also pro­vid­ing crit­i­cal care to in­di­vid­u­als suf­fer­ing strokes or heart at­tacks. Other pre­sen­ta­tions in­clude the lat­est emer­gency medicine re­search.

Other pro­grams will dis­cuss the im­pact of health­care re­form, new pay­ment mod­els and elec­tronic health records on emer­gency doc­tors.

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