Washington ACEP News

MERS Resources Now Available

The ACEP Epidemic Expert Panel has created a fact sheet about Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as well as compiled other useful resources for emergency physicians. MERS is a potential severe illness that should be considered in patients presenting with symptoms of a respiratory illness who satisfy certain travel/exposure criteria. Find the resources at www.acep.org/MERS.

Enguidanos to Receive ACEP’s Horizon Award

Enrique EnguidanosEnrique Enguidanos, MD, FACEP received the American College of Emergency Medicine’s 2015 Horizon Award for outstanding contributions and participation in ACEP Council activities within the first five years of Council Service. Enrique has rapidly embraced the spirit and conduct of the ACEP Council process, and emerged as an active, respected, and effective leader within the Council. After being introduced to and observing the ACEP Council in 2012, Enrique took a more active role. First, as President Elect of the Washington Chapter of ACEP (WA-ACEP), he was a principal host of the 2013 ACEP Council Meeting in Seattle, the most successful and attended ACEP conference in the organization’s history. He co-sponsored an adopted resolution on health information exchanges and testified on the creation and funding of a national prescription monitoring program. In 2014 as President of WA-ACEP, he organized and coordinated the Washington State delegation that included a record number of new Alternate and Councillors who testified on eight resolutions. Under his guidance, WA-ACEP sponsored a record number of resolutions, all of which were adopted. Because of Enrique’s Council involvement, WA-ACEP’s level of attendance, participation, contribution, and leadership in the ACEP Council has never been greater or more respected. Enrique is currently the Immediate Past President of WA-ACEP, Co-Chair of the Providence Health Systems Emergency Services Clinical Decisions Team. He has been practicing Emergency Medicine at Providence Regional Medicine Center in Everett for more than 15 years. He has served as the ED Medical Director at PRMCE as well as Chief of Staff. Enrique will receive the award during ACEP15 in Boston Oct. 25

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.