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MCW researcher works with Milwaukee EMS to find most effective treatments for cardiac arrest

Dec. 18 - Tom Aufderheide, MD, professor of emergency medicine and director of MCW’s Resuscitation Research Center, explained the community-wide research project to evaluate new methods to treat cardiac arrest on WUWM-FM’s Lake Effect program. WUWM FM

Journal Sentinel Notes Concerns about Freestanding Emergency

Dec. 1 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article raises concerns about the development of freestanding emergency departments by Froedtert & MCW and ProHealth Care. Froedtert & MCW are planning a $13 million freestanding emergency department at Moorland Reserve Health Center in New Berlin. ProHealth Care is constructing a $38 million freestanding emergency department in Mukwonago. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Aufderheide Discusses NIH-Funded Cardiac Arrest Clinical Trial on Chest Compressions

Dec. 1 - In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, Dr. Tom Aufderheide discusses an NIH-funded cardiac arrest clinical trial to determine which of two chest compression techniques used by emergency responders provides the best outcomes. Milwaukee is one of 11 North American cities where the clinical trial is being conducted. WPR

Emergency Department Expansion Planned for Moorland Reserve Health Center

Nov. 24 - Froedtert & MCW announced plans to build a $13 million, 15,000 square foot Emergency Department addition to the Moorland Reserve Health Center. The project, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016, needs to receive approval from the New Berlin Plan Commission. Milwaukee Business Journal, Fox 6 Now, Biz Times, GM Today, New Berlin Now

Ibuprofen as effective as morphine for fracture pain in children

Nov. 5 - New research shows ibuprofen is as effective as morphine in treating the pain from fractures in children. Amy Drendel, MD (emergency medicine) was a co-author of the study. Grand Forks Herald

Overdose risks of Benadryl

Nov. 5 - Mark Kostic, MD was interviewed by WTMJ-TV about the risks of diphenhydramine, the active medication in Benadryl. A 12-year old girl died from an overdose of the drug. WTMJ 4

Dr. Hargarten Discusses Advances in Handgun Technology

Sept. 16 - In a report of Wisconsin Public Radio, Dr. Stephen Hargarten discusses promising advances in which a handgun will only fire when the gun owner is wearing a watch that electronically disables a trigger lock. The technology could help address the problem of children being injured by loaded handguns. WPR

Wisconsin’s First Air Medical Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Sept. 04 - Aviation Today recognizes the 30th anniversary of Flight for Life, Wisconsin’s first air medical program. The article notes that a MCWAH second or third year resident in Emergency Medicine is onboard for medical emergency flight runs. Aviation Today

Belize Health Care Personnel Receive Emergency Medicine Training

Aug. 19 - For the fourth year, MCW’s Department of Emergency Medicine and the Office of Global Health provided formal training for doctors, nurses, and EMT personnel from Belize’s hospital with the busiest emergency department. Wauwatosa Now

MCW provides emergency medicine training to Belize’s busiest ER

Aug. 13 - A team of doctors, nurses, and EMT personnel from the nation of Belize has completed two weeks of intensive training with emergency medicine specialists in Milwaukee to strengthen the capabilities and response development of Belize’s busiest emergency department.

Research by Dr. Hargarten Cited in Journal Sentinel Editorial on Drunk Driving Laws

Aug. 13 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial calling for stricter drunk driving laws cites research by Dr. Stephen Hargarten that found that most drunken drivers are first offenders. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Injury Research Center Produces Updated Report on Suicide Burden in Wisconsin

Aug. 04 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten tells Wisconsin Health News that suicide remains a significant health burden for Wisconsin. MCW’s Injury Research Center joined with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Mental Health America of Wisconsin to produce an updated report on suicides in the state. Between 2007 and 2011, Wisconsin averaged 724 suicide deaths annually. Wisconsin Health News, and WXOW 19

MCW to Provide Advanced Emergency Medicine Training to Belize Hospital Physicians, Nurses

July 30 - MCW’s Department of Emergency Medicine has entered into a relationship with the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize and the Belize Ministry of Health in which MCW will provide advanced training in emergency medicine to the hospital’s doctors and nurses. Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has the largest and busiest emergency department in Belize. The Guardian

Dr. Lunoe Reports on Effectiveness of Jet-Injected Lidocaine for Reducing Venipuncture Pain

July 22 - In a presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Dr. Maren Lunoe reported that jet-injected lidocaine is superior to vapocoolant spray in reducing venipuncture pain in children under seven years of age. The Oncology Report

Director of Homicide Review Commission Helped Establish Firearm Injury Registry

July 03 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles Mallory O’Brien, Director of the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission. O’Brien formerly worked at MCW where she assisted Dr. Stephen Hargarten in developing the Wisconsin Firearm Injury Registry. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Brousseau Contributes to Study on Working Parents Utilizing Urgent Care for Sick Children

July 01 - Dr. David Brousseau is a contributing author to a University of Michigan-led study published in Pediatrics that found that a substantial portion of working parents choose urgent care or emergency department visits when their sick children were excluded from attending child care. Health Canal

Dr. Rubin Named Clinical Director of Emergency Department

June 25 - Dr. Jonathan Rubin has been named Clinical Director of the Froedtert & MCW Emergency Department. BizTimes

Dr. Hargarten Named President and CEO of Milwaukee’s Center for International Health

June 18 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten has been appointed President and CEO of the Center for International Health in Milwaukee. Tech News

Dr. Hargarten Resigns from Wisconsin DOT’s Statewide Impaired Driving Task Force

June 10 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten is one of four health professionals who resigned from Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Statewide Impaired Driving Task Force. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay Press Gazette, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Lerner Leads Planning Process for Federal Guidelines on Triaging Mass Casualty Victims

June 10 - With researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, E. Brooke Lerner, PhD led the planning process to develop new federal guidelines for triaging mass casualty victims Wauwatosa Now

National standardized mass casualty triage guideline recommended by federal agency

June 05 - A new guideline for triaging mass casualty victims has been recommended by a federal emergency medical services agency for use by all state and local EMS groups.

Paramedics, EMTs Recognized for Contributions to Resuscitation Research

June 03 - Dr. Tom Aufderheide presented four Milwaukee County paramedics and EMTs with Resuscitation Outcome Consortium Service Excellence Awards. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Hargarten Recommends a Public Health Approach to Dealing with Firearm Injuries

June 03 - Madison Magazine traces Dr. Stephen Hargarten’s research on and support for a public health approach to address firearm injuries. Madison Magazine

Dr. Shah Finds Ondansetron Does Not Trigger Tachyarrhythmias

May 22 - In a study presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Dr. Breanne K.P. Shah reported that the antinausea and antiemetic agent ondansetron does not trigger malignant tachyarrhythmias in pediatric patients who have a healthy heart. Family Practice News

Dr. Hargarten Discusses Gun Buy-Back Programs

May 22 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten discusses gun buy-back programs with CBS-TV/Channel 58. CBS-TV/Channel 58

Dr. Hargarten Calls Accidental Child Gun Injuries a Public Health Problem

May 14 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten discusses the need to address accidental child gun injuries as a public health problem in news reports on ABC-TV/Channel 12 and Wisconsin Public Radio. WISN TV and WPR

Dr. Shah finds in-person interpretation in the ED results in higher patient satisfaction

May 14 - In a study of language barriers and its impact on care, Dr. Breanne Pacheco Shah and her colleagues found that in-person interpretation in an emergency department resulted in higher levels of patient satisfaction than telephone interpretation. Helio

First Carrie Falk Memorial Lecture planned for May 8

May 06 - The first Carrie Falk Memorial lecture will be held Thursday, May 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Clinical Cancer Center room M. The invited speaker is Mark Rosenberg, DO, who will give a presentation titled, Making a case: Emergency Department Palliative Care – Is it Possible?

Dr. Hargarten Discusses Possible Benefits of Gun Buy-Back Programs

April 29 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten discusses the possible benefits of gun buy-back programs in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Hargarten Identifies Relationship between Proliferation of Guns and Rise in Mass Shootings

Apr 8 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten notes that there is no evidence indicating that arming Americans further will help prevent mass shooting. Media Matters for America

Emergency Medicine Research Forum planned for April 10

April 01 - The Department of Emergency Medicine is hosting the 22nd annual Emergency Medicine Research Forum on Thursday, April 10. The forum will be held in Kerrigan Auditorium and run from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Ateyyah Discusses Saudi Arabia’s Emergency Planning Logistics during the Hajj

Mar 26 - In a presentation to the Kenosha Fire Department’s paramedics and EMTs, Saudi Arabian native Dr. Khalid Ateyyah discussed his work on the logistical challenges of emergency medicine planning during the Hajj, the five-day event annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Kenosha News

Saudi Arabian Doctor Shares Hajj Experience with Kenosha Medics

Mar 19 - Khalid Ateyyah, MD, a Saudi Arabian physician doing a fellowship at MCW, conducted a training session with medics at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, in which he explained his experiences in emergency medicine providing care during the Hajj. Kenosha News

Dr. Lerner Collaborates on Study to Determine When Childhood Injuries Require Trauma Care

Mar 5 - E. Brooke Lerner, PhD, is collaborating with colleagues at the University of Rochester on a $1.5 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Development to study thousands of child injury scenarios to learn the best practices for treatment at the scene, and what circumstances predict the need of a trauma center. University of Rochester Medical Center

Call for abstracts – Emergency Medicine Research Forum

Mar. 03 - The Department of Emergency Medicine is seeking original adult and pediatric emergency medicine research for presentation at the 22nd annual Emergency Medicine Research Forum. Abstract deadline is Friday, March 7.

Study Finds Dexamethasone More Effective than Prednisone for Childhood Asthma Treatment

Feb 18 - Dr. Grant Keeney authored a study published in Pediatrics that found that dexamethasone may be more effective in treating asthma in children than prednisone. dailyRx News

TV Report Focuses on Permanent Disabilities as Result of Gun Violence

Feb 6 - In an interview on CBS-TV/Channel 58, Dr. Stephen Hargarten notes that some gun violence victims experience permanent disabilities. CBS 58 News

Dr. Rubin Discusses Risks of Frostbite in Subzero Weather

Feb 6 - Dr. Jonathan Rubin tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that skin exposed to subzero wind chills in the minus-20s and below can lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A Survivor’s Story

Jan 31 - CBS 58 News profiled a man who has survived and thrived despite a paralyzing gunshot wound. Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, discussed the lifelong effects of these types of traumatic events, and the importance of the Level 1 Trauma Center at Froedtert Hospital. WDJT-TV

Chinese delegation visits campus to learn best practices for training paramedic students

Jan. 31 - An eight-member delegation of healthcare leaders from China were on campus Jan. 21-23 to learn the most effective ways to train paramedic students, solidify paramedic and pre-hospital care training objectives, and sign an affiliation agreement with the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Three emergency medicine faculty among nation’s first board certified EMS physicians

Jan. 15 - Charles Cady, MD, Associate Professor, M. Riccardo Colella, DO, MPH, Associate Professor and Chief of the Section of EMS and Disaster Medicine, and Jason Liu, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, are among the nation’s first American Board of Medical Specialties-recognized emergency medical services (EMS) physicians. The American Board of Emergency Medicine recently recognized EMS as a formal subspecialty of emergency medicine and administered its first certifying examination in September.

Dr. Decker Discusses Health Risks Posed by Sub-Zero Weather

Jan 13 - Dr. Christopher Decker discusses the health risks posed by sub-zero weather, especially for diabetics. WUWM-FM

Bioethicist Discusses End of Life Issues on Wisconsin Public Radio

Jan 13 - Arthur Derse, MD, JD, discusses the laws and ethics of end of life decisions on an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin Public Radio

Physician to Help Ethiopian Emergency Doctors

Jan 13 - M. Chris Decker, MD, is in Ethiopia helping design and set up an emergency department at the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Decker Discusses Sub-Zero Weather Health Risks for Packer Fans

Jan 10 - With predictions of sub-zero weather for the Green Bay Packers game, Dr. Chris Decker tells WUWM-FM that fans attending the game should guard against frostbite and dehydration. WUWM-FM

ER Doctor Lays Out Cold Weather Risks

Jan 7 - Chris Decker, MD, discusses the health risks of exposure in extremely cold weather on WUWM’s “Lake Effect.” WUWM-FM

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