Advancing Emergency Care
Emergency departments are the nation’s front line for all medical emergencies, including the current Ebola situation in the United States. Emergency physicians are well trained to identify and manage infectious disease, and have practiced standard protocols to protect against blood-borne pathogens, such as HIV, for at least 30 years. For the latest information on Ebola from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, please go to http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/ ACEP also offers Healthcare Resources for Suspected Ebola Cases at http://www.acep.org/ebola/.
Anaphylaxis Discharge Toolkit Now Available
Avoidance of allergic triggers is the critical first step in managing life-threatening allergies, but allergic triggers are not always obvious, such as an indirect exposure to a food allergen. Accidental exposure resulting in anaphylaxis can happen anywhere, so patients need to be aware of how to deal with the onset of anaphylaxis. This new emergency department discharge toolkit offers an emergency care plan, prescription reminders, resources for adults and teens and much more. This comprehensive anaphylaxis toolkit will help make sure your patients are more prepared to deal with an allergic reaction, and most of its content is available in English and Spanish.
Emergency departments are the hub for medical issues that come up suddenly and urgently, whether it’s the aftermath of a mass casualty event like the bombings in Boston, or a growing number of patients being referred by primary care doctors.
In an effort to help the public and lawmakers understand the unique role of the emergency department team and to bolster support to overcome the many challenges we face, ACEP launched a campaign in May 2013 called “Saving Millions” with a series of print ads, radio messages and a coordinated editorials in influential communications nationwide.