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 The American College of Emergency Physicians' annual Scientific Assembly will convene at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Sept. 14-17. Leading experts from throughout the country will present courses on clinical advances and research as well as such diverse topics as practical ballistics, sexual harassment in the workplace and recognizing and evaluating victims of domestic violence.
 The meeting represents the world's largest gathering of emergency medical experts and is designed to improve emergency treatment for the 94 million patients that will visit emergency departments this year. In addition, the Scientific Assembly enables physicians in other specialties to improve their knowledge of critical emergency procedures.
 The 130 sessions scheduled for the Scientific Assembly will cover the following topics:
 -- Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Disorders
 -- Academic Emergency Medicine
 -- Administrative Aspects of Emergency Medicine
 -- Cardiovascular Disorders
 -- Clinical Procedures
 -- Cutaneous Disorders
 -- Diagnostic Testing/Radiology
 -- Emergency Medical Services (Prehospital)
 -- Environmental Disorders and Toxicology
 -- Ethics-Medical/Legal
 -- Head and Neck Disorders
 -- Infectious Disease
 -- Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders
 -- Musculoskeletal Disorders
 -- Nervous System Disorders
 -- Pediatric Disorders
 -- Physician Wellness
 -- Professional Environment
 -- Psycho-Behavorial Disorders
 -- Thoracic/Respiratory Disorders
 -- Urologic and Ob/Gyn Disorders
 -- Trauma
 Members of the media are encouraged to attend. Complimentary media registration is available. To preregister or to receive a detailed program brochure, contact the ACEP Public Relations Department at 202-728-0610. Telephone interviews with topic experts can also be arranged through the Public Relations Department.
 Program Highlights
 -- Domestic Violence -- Emergency Department Recognition, Evaluation and Management. An estimated 20 percent of all adult female visits to the emergency department are the result of abuse. This course will explore the depth of the problem, define abuse patterns, aid in early recognition, and help develop emergency department protocols.
 -- Rural Emergency Services -- One-quarter of all Americans live in rural areas, yet emergency medical services in many areas are insufficient and not well-coordinated. This course will identify the problems facing rural emergency services and offer realistic solutions.
 -- Minor Pediatric Emergencies: Tips and Techniques. A specialist in pediatric emergency medicine will present tips on handling common pediatric emergencies ranging from bites and puncture wounds and dental injuries to stitches and the detection of foreign bodies.
 -- Emergency Medicine Dispatch - The Last Frontier. Should emergency dispatchers provide callers with first aid and rescue instructions? What are the legal implications? Who should develop protocols? This course will cover the essential elements of a comprehensive medical priority dispatch system, including training, medical control and direction, emergency medical vehicle accidents, and more.
 -- Firearms and Wounding: Practical Ballistics. Today's emergency physicians must treat wounds generated by a bewildering array of firearms. This course will use case presentations to review the types of firearms and missiles commonly involved in shooting incidents, and highlight the differences in terms of wounding potential, complications, and initial assessment and treatment.
 -- Update in Environmental Emergencies. Current treatment, strategies for prevention, and early detection of environmental emergencies such as near drowning, hypothermia, frostbite, hyperthermia, and lightning injuries, will be covered in this session.
 -- Cardiac Arrest in the Year 2000. Leading researchers will review the current status of CPR and the future of CPR research. This session will examine the effectiveness of invasive techniques, cardiopulmonary bypass, and pharmacologic megadosing. Discussion will also focus on when its best to forego resuscitation.
 -- Disaster Management: Scene Assessment Through Emergency Department Response -- The First Hour. The first hour following a disaster may be chaotic; yet it is of paramount importance in reducing loss of life. This course will review essential elements of disaster management, including assessing the event, scene set-up, staging and equipment, and interdepartment communications and personnel management.
 -- Varmints that Bite. Bites and stings are common medical emergencies. This course will review current guidelines for evaluation and treatment.
 -- Advances and Controversies in Medical Toxicology. A panel of experts will provide updates on new therapies for poisoning with lead, mercury, arsenic, toxic alcohols, and cyanide will review the evolving drug-specific antibody therapies.
 -- Ethical Dilemmas in EMS. Terminally ill patients present emergency physicians with ethical and legal challenges, both in the emergency department and in the prehospital setting. This course will examine issues of do not resuscitate (DNR) protocols, the base station physicians role, and the reasons families access emergency services.
 -- Unique Environmental Rescue Operations. A review of unique and challenging rescue operations that require special personnel, training or equipment. Specific rescue situations covered will include mountain, swiftwater, cliff, cave and mine rescues, high-rise building evacuation, and urban search and rescue.
 -- Special Consideration in the Management of the Poisoned Child. Children and adults respond differently to common toxins. This course will review the appropriate management of poisonings in children and toddlers from the prehospital setting through hospital admission if required.
 -- Thrombolytic Therapy: State of the Art. Thrombolytic therapy represents a new threshold in the treatment of heart attack victims that is rapidly becoming the standard of care. This session will look at the various thrombolytic agents available, the best candidates for treatment, and emerging issues such as the use of thrombolytics by paramedics in the prehospital setting.
 -- The Diagnosis and Management of Traumatic and Non-traumatic Disorders of the Spinal Cord and Mechanisms of Injury and Repair During Brain Ischemia. Physicians and scientists are on the threshold of offering victims of spinal cord and brain injuries new treatments that may minimize or even prevent permanent disability. These two courses will review promising new therapies and report on current treatments.
 -- Re-emergence of Old Pediatric Diseases. Outbreaks of once- declining pediatric diseases, such as measles, tuberculosis, pertussis, and rheumatic fever, have been reported throughout the country. This course will focus on specific treatments and emphasize early recognition.
 -- Ethical Controversies in Emergency Medicine: Case Presentations. Ethical issues such as initiating and discontinuing life-sustaining treatment, treating Jehovah's Witnesses, and testing patients for alcohol levels or HIV are especially challenging for emergency physicians, who rarely have an established relationship with the patient or family. Through case reviews and audience participation, this course will help emergency physicians prepare to face these ethical challenges.
 -- Maritime Emergency Medicine. Emergency medical treatment for passengers and crew is a major consideration for cruise ships and other sea-going vessels. This course will review the unique challenges of providing medical care at sea.
 -- Drugs, Lies and Videotapes. Slides and excerpts from interviews with self-confessed drug seekers will be used to expose techniques addicts use to get prescriptions for controlled substances -- everything from faking illnesses to posing as physicians or forgoing prescriptions.
 -- Pediatric Rashes. Children often come to the emergency department with rashes, some of which are common and some of which accompany underlying, potentially life-threatening diseases. This course will explore pediatric rashes through evaluation of case presentations.
 -- What's New in the Treatment of Asthma and COPD. Asthma is a life-threatening disease that claims nearly 5,000 lives each year. This course will review advances in the emergency department treatment and assessment of asthma as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
 ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing more than 15,500 physicians who specialize in emergency medicine. The college is dedicated to improving the quality of emergency care through continuing education, research, and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, ACEP has 54 chapters covering each state as well as Ontario, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and government services.
 CONTACT: Kate Perrin or Jane Howell, 202-728-0610, both of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
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