AHA’s New Free “Full Code Pro” App

From the American Heart Association:

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The AHA’s Full Code Pro App (FCP 3.0) is a free, easy-to-use, mobile application that allows healthcare providers to quickly document critical interventions during cardiac arrest resuscitation events. This app enables providers to focus on the patient without sacrificing proper documentation.

This real-time app makes recording during codes easy. It can also simplify data entry and helps providers increase the availability and accuracy of documentation. The information that providers log enables more robust data for review, debriefing and resuscitation quality improvement.

FCP 3.0 is for use by paramedics, EMT-Bs, emergency room nurses, emergency room physicians and other in- and out-of-hospital healthcare providers.

Violence in Hospital Emergency Rooms on the Rise

From WGGB:

Kapinos says emergency departments have become a catch-all for all sorts of health care and mental health issues.

“The environment of the emergency room is a stressful place, and it’s stressful for visitors, it’s stressful for staff and I think there’s a lot of frustration and anxiety expressed in a violent way,” says Kapinos.

Kapinos says violence in the E.R. is both a serious and growing problem, and hospitals are aware of the issue.

“The hospitals are doing all they can , every hospital has their own plans, and ways of keeping staff safe , I think communication needs to keep happening, and we need to keep talking about the problem,” says Kapinos.

Reform Overcrowds Some Emergency Departments, Empties Others

From Medscape:

 In some emergency departments, the Affordable Care Act is contributing to overcrowding because of the influx of newly insured patients seeking care and the reduction in the number of healthcare providers willing to accept Medicaid patients. In other emergency departments, it appears to be having the opposite effect.

“People are concerned about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on their practice,” said William Durkin, MD, president of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) here at the AAEM 20th Annual Scientific Assembly. “Some members are telling me that they’re not as busy as anticipated, and others are telling me that volumes have gone up appreciably. The impact tends to be different, depending on the region of the country you’re in.”