Washington ACEP News

Wayne Recognized at Summit to Sound
WA-ACEP presented Marv Wayne, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA with the 2015 Nancy Auer Meritorious Achievement Award April 23 during the Summit to Sound meeting. Read more


2015 Guardian of Emergency Medicine Awards
Reporters Carol Ostrom of The Seattle Times and Sean Robinson from Tacoma News Tribune received the WA-ACEP Guardian of Emergency Medicine Award April 24 for their work highlighting issues faced by emergency medicine practitioners and patients. Read more


Viewpoint: Fighting Psychiatric Boarding through Induced Crisis
By WA-ACEP President Enrique Enguidanos, MD, FACEP; and WA-ACEP Secretary/Treasurer Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine News Feb 2015


ACEP Develops Measles Fact Sheet, Resource Page
The United States has experienced a record number of measles cases (Rubeola) in 2014 (more than 600 patients), which is the greatest number in more than 14 years. This virus represents a challenge to Emergency Medicine because it is highly infectious and has been rarely seen in Emergency Departments in the recent past. ACEP developed a Fact Sheet about this disease for a review of its presentation, clinical course and implications for your Emergency Department. Visit acep.org/measles for more information and for new resources added as needed.


WA-ACEP Past President Christopher Kang, MD, FACEP co-authors Ebola article, Ebola Virus Outbreak 2014: Clinical Review for Emergency Physicians.


Single Bed Certification: New Emergency Rule Effective Dec. 26
Read the Washington State Hospital Association Dec. 16 Bulletin for Practical Guidance for Hospitals


Second Choosing Wisely List
ACEP released its second list for the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign.

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The campaign encourages medical specialty societies to create lists of five tests and procedures that may not be cost effective in some situations and should prompt discussion with patients in order to both educate them and gain their agreement regarding avoidance of such tests and procedures.

"As emergency physicians, we are committed to reducing health care costs while at the same time continuing to fulfill our commitments to provide the best, most efficient emergency care to millions of Americans," said Michael J. Gerardi, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

A useful Powerpoint presentation detailing ACEP's second Choosing Wisely list was created and can be shared with EM practitioners.

Ebola Resources
Visit ACEP's Healthcare Resources for Suspected Ebola Cases for up-to-date information, including screening criteria and case definitions.

WA-ACEP President Enrique Enguidanos, MD, FACEP co-authors Annals of Emergency Medicine article
Patient Satisfaction Surveys and Quality of Care: An Information Paper


WA-ACEP Board Member Darin Neven, MD, co-authors Important Care Coordination Article
Cost Effective: Emergency Department Care Coordination with a Regional Hospital Information System
Sean M. Murphy, PHD and Darin Neven, MS, MD


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