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EM Physicians participate in mass casualty drill at University of Florida https://ufhealth.org/news/2019/mass-casualty-drill-university-florida-teaches-life-lessons-summer-students Tue, 11 Jun 2019 16:25:38 +0000 http://com-emergency.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/?p=5630 Zeretzke-Bien Elected UF Faculty Senator https://emergency.med.ufl.edu/2019/05/09/zeretzke-bien-elected-uf-faculty-senator/ Thu, 09 May 2019 17:25:40 +0000 http://com-emergency.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/?p=5486 zeretzke-bienCristina M. Zeretzke-Bien, M.D., FAAP, FACEP, assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine, was recently elected to the University of Florida Faculty Senate. She was one of seven faculty members from the College of Medicine to be elected.
The UF Faculty Senate is the UF legislative body, providing a forum for mutual exchange of ideas between senior officers and faculty. The Senate legislates on matters that concern more than one college, school, or other major academic unit, or that are otherwise of general university interest. As a faculty senator, Zeretske-Bien will be a voting member of the legislative body and will attend all meetings while acting in the best interest of UF and the department.
Zeretzke-Bien is the medical director of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) program and works clinically in the Department of Emergency Medicine as a pediatric emergency medicine physician.

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Dr. Abo appointed to the position of Chair of the Wilderness EMS Committee of NAEMSP https://emergency.med.ufl.edu/2018/11/27/dr-abo-appointed-to-the-position-of-chair-of-the-wilderness-ems-committee-of-naemsp/ Tue, 27 Nov 2018 19:25:53 +0000 http://com-emergency.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/?p=5334 Dr. Benjamin AboThe department of Emergency Medicine would like to recognize emergency physician Dr. Benjamin Abo for his leadership position with NAEMSP. Dr. Abo has been appointed to the position of Chair of the Wilderness EMS Committee of NAEMSP.

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Mary Patterson, M.D., M.Ed. named the UF College of Medicine Lou Oberndof Professor in Healthcare Technology https://emergency.med.ufl.edu/2018/10/22/mary-patterson-m-d-m-ed-named-the-uf-college-of-medicine-lou-oberndof-professor-in-healthcare-technology/ Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:00:32 +0000 http://com-emergency.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/?p=5281 Dr. Mary PattersonMary Patterson, M.D., M.Ed., has been named the UF College of Medicine Lou Oberndof Professor in Healthcare Technology.

On July 1, she began her professorship in the UF department of emergency medicine, along with her role as assistant dean and director of the UF Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation. As the founder of the Cincinnati Children’s Center for Simulation Research and the former president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Patterson is an internationally recognized leader in experiential learning and simulation in the health sciences. She is building upon the UF College of Medicine’s rich history of innovation in the development, testing and integration of simulation technologies to foster a culture of experimental learning, patient safety and patient outcomes in the UF Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation.

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UF Emergency Medicine’s Jennifer Fishe and Henry Young named as KL2 Scholars https://emergency.med.ufl.edu/2018/09/11/uf-emergency-medicines-jennifer-fishe-and-henry-young-named-as-kl2-scholars/ Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:50:39 +0000 http://com-emergency.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/?p=5241 The University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Translational Workforce Development Program’s KL2 Training Grant provides junior faculty with financial support and research training to develop the skills necessary to build a well-funded, collaborative career in clinical and translational research. Meet two KL2 Scholars, emergency-medicine assistant professors Jennifer Fishe, MD, and Henry Young, MD, and learn about their research.

Jennifer Fishe, MD

Jennifer Fishe, MD

Jennifer Fishe, MD

Treating asthma attacks before children arrive in the emergency room

Jennifer Fishe, MD, an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine and associate medical director for the UF Health Jacksonville Pediatric Emergency Department, recently became the CTSI’s second KL2 scholar from UF Health Jacksonville.

“Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, and a frequent reason for emergency department visits, but not much is known about prehospital, or emergency medical services care of pediatric asthma,” Fishe said. “I want to see what can be done before children arrive in the emergency department to improve their chances of being discharged home, as opposed to being admitted to the hospital.”

Fishe’s KL2 research project seeks to further the understanding of how children are treated for asthma before they arrive at the hospital. Administering systemic corticosteroids (such as Prednisone) before children arrive in the hospital could improve clinical outcomes, but most protocols that first responders follow only authorize the IV form of the medication, which requires time and skill for IV placement. However, the medication is also available orally. Later, in the emergency room, children may receive systemic corticosteroids orally or through an IV.

This would be the first large study to examine how systemic corticosteroids are used, and how they are associated with hospital admission rates and length of stay in the emergency department. Fishe’s study is analyzing a statewide and national emergency-medical-services database, using CTSI resources and collaborating with the UF GeoPlan center’s experts in Geographic Information Systems to uncover the influence of time to emergency department arrival. The results will inform a prospective clinical trial to determine the most efficacious and practical method of systemic corticosteroid administration for pediatric prehospital asthma patients.

Prior to the KL2 training grant, Fishe was the principal investigator on a retrospective study of pediatric prehospital and inter-facility transport patterns in Maryland, funded by The Falck Foundation. She is a co-investigator on a HRSA Targeted Issues Grant to develop a novel pediatric direct transport protocol (H34MC30232).

Her research interests include pediatric prehospital care and quality improvement.

She received her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in healthcare quality improvement in 2017, and previously was the lead physician on a quality improvement project reducing pediatric ED patient consult times. Fishe received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her medical degree from the University of Miami. She completed her residency in general pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and her pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University.

 

Henry Young, MD

Henry Young, MD

Henry Young, MD

Alternatives to opioids in the emergency department

Henry Young, MD, an assistant professor in the UF College of Medicine’s department of emergency medicine and assistant residency director with UF Health, was recently appointed a KL2 Scholar by the CTSI.

Young’s KL2 research project assesses the willingness of patients with acute pain to accept alternatives to opioids in the emergency department.

“In the emergency department, pain is the most commonly treated symptom and opioids are often prescribed to treat that pain,” Young said. “Unfortunately, four out of five individuals addicted to heroin reported that their first opioid was a prescription drug. With this project, I hope to provide data to inform the use of safer therapeutic options for the management of pain. If we are able to reduce the amount of opioids prescribed, we may be able to prevent exposing susceptible people to a treatment that may lead to addiction.”

His study will explore the implementation of a patient-centered approach to treating pain, that emphasizes evidence-based alternatives to opioids in the emergency department and assessing if individuals at increased risk to abuse opioids are willing to accept these safer alternatives. His study will also explore barriers and facilitators to the implementation of this approach from both healthcare providers and patients. The goal of the study is to reduce the overall prescription of opioids while continuing to effectively manage pain with safer, less addictive treatment options.

Born in the small town of Cordele, Georgia, Young became interested in a career in medicine after watching his father serve his community as a family physician for several years. He majored in Biology at Georgia Southern University, graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and completed an emergency medicine residency program at UF, serving as chief resident in his final year, followed by a National Institute on Drug Abuse T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

During his NIDA fellowship, Young served as lead researcher on a study that found few emergency-medicine providers in Florida used a statewide database designed to encourage safer prescribing and to reduce opiate abuse and diversion. The state had declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, tapping more than $27 million of federal grant money for treatment, prevention and recovery services.

 

 
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Drs. Ticas and Zeretzke-Bien win 1st place in this year’s Pediatric Section EMages competition https://emergency.med.ufl.edu/2018/08/14/drs-ticas-and-zeretzke-bien-win-1st-place-this-years-pediatric-section-emages-competition/ Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:37:33 +0000 http://com-emergency.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/?p=5225 Below is the announcement email from the American College of Emergency Physicians:

Dear Dr. Ticas and Dr. Zeretzke-Bien,

Thank you for submitting your entry entitled “Purple Toe Presentation” into this year’s Pediatric Section EMages competition.

The Section EMages review committee members independently reviewed and subsequently conferred for a collective ranking of EMage submissions. The cases and images were evaluated based on the criteria previously approved by the ACEP Pediatric Emergency Medicine Section Officers.

I am very pleased to let you know that your entry won first place. Congratulations!

The prize for 1st place is an ACEP gift card valued at $500. It can be used for ACEP books, educational products, and meetings. Additional details on how to redeem and use your gift card will be forthcoming.

In addition to the gift card, your EMage case and images will be displayed at the Pediatric Section meeting and reception at ACEP18 in San Diego. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 2, at 6:30 pm.

Furthermore, your winning entry will be placed on the Section’s microsite.

The section officers appreciate the time and thought that went into this submission and look forward to meeting you at the Section Meeting at ACEP18. Congratulations again.

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Dr. Kevin Wang’s 5-year research proposal selected by NIH- NINDS as part of the Translational Outcomes Project in Neurotrauma (TOP-NT) Consortium. https://emergency.med.ufl.edu/2018/08/13/dr-kevin-wangs-5-year-research-proposal-selected-by-nih-ninds-as-part-of-the-translational-outcomes-project-in-neurotrauma-top-nt-consortium/ Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:02:06 +0000 http://com-emergency.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/?p=5220 UF Principal Investigator Dr. Kevin Wang, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Chemistry and Director of the Program for Neurotrauma, Neuroproteomics & Biomarker Research and his team of Co-investigators (Dr. Zhihui (Sunny) Yang of Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Marcelo Febo of Dept. of Psychiatry (as Project Lead on neuroimaging), Dr. Jiepei Zhu of Dept. of Anesthesiology , Dr. Prodip Bose of Dept. of Pharmacology & Therapeutics) were awarded a 5- year UG3/UH3 award titled: NIBA-TBI: Neuro-Imaging and biofluid-based Biomarker Assessments as translational pathophysiological outcome measures in TBI.
In this project, in a multiple animal model setting, Dr. Wang’s team will examine if quantitative biofluid- and MRI-based biomarker assessments are useful translational assessment measures that can help address a range of TBI pathomechanistic subphenotypes including axonal injury, contusion/tissue necrosis, loss of synaptic continuity, white matter injury, microvascular injury and neuroinflammation.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Wang’s NIBA-TBI project was one of four projects selected by NINDS for funding. Under this UG3/UH3 funding mechanism, in collaboration with NINDS program staff, Dr. Wang and PI of the other three funded projects will also form a TOP-NT Consortium that will focus on optimizing and testing the newly proposed preclinical assessment batteries, conducting cross-site validation, and dissimilating Consortium findings in partnership with NINDS. The ultimate overarching goal of TOP-NT consortium will be translating these leanings into clinically compatible assessment measures in future therapeutic trials for TBI.

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When War Informs Medicine https://ufhealth.org/news/2018/when-war-informs-medicine Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:44:50 +0000 http://com-emergency.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/?p=5208 The war zone creeps back in unexpected places. Running across Fort Bliss, Texas, earlier this year to get to the gym, Mark Jackson, D.O., an Army reservist, recalled suddenly stopping and thinking, “Has this area been cleared?”

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Protected: Emergency Medicine Notes – May 28, 2018 https://emergency.med.ufl.edu/2018/05/23/emergency-medicine-notes-may-28-2018/ Wed, 23 May 2018 19:16:29 +0000 http://com-emergency.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/?p=5137

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