Emergency Medicine News Focuses on Critical Care, CPR Training and ECG Screenings

Among hot stories in the Fall/Winter issue of the Emergency Medicine News newsletter from the UA Department of Emergency Medicine are several items of interest to UA Department of Medicine faculty and staff as well.

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Jarrod M. Mosier, MD, who has a joint faculty appointment within both departments and is associate program director for the Critical Care Fellowship in the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, was promoted to associate professor.

Drs. Mosier and Albert Fiorello, MD, also implemented Convo, a communication platform for encouraging discussion of real-time clinical cases for faculty, residents and fellows. Convo looks and behaves like popular social networks, but is secure and HIPAA compliant.

In addition, Drs. Mosier, Cameron Hypes, MD (who also has a DEM/DOM joint faculty appointment as ICU associate medical director, Banner – UMC Tucson), John Sakles, and emergency medicine third-year resident Tomas Navarro, presented abstracts at the Society for Airway Management (SAM) Conference in September, with two winning awards.

Also promoted to associate professor was Lawrence DeLuca, MD, EdD. Dr. DeLuca is the director of Infectious Disease Research Collaboration and the department’s first Emergency Medicine Research Fellow and first Surgical Critical Care Fellow. Following fellowship training, he joined the faculty in 2010 and became one of only a few emergency medicine physicians in the country to have board certification in critical care medicine and the first at Banner Health.

In other news:

■ Sarver Heart Center member Ben Bobrow, MD, associate director, UA Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center – Phoenix, and medical director, Arizona Department of Health Services’ Bureau of EMS & Trauma System, has been working with David Wu, MD, an emergency medicine physician from China, to improve CPR training there using chest compression only CPR processes developed at the UA Division of Cardiology and Sarver Heart Center.

Twenty-two students—including some from Argentina, Chile, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Panama, Puerto Rico and Spain—participated in the most recent two-day CPR University training event led by Dr. Bobrow and another DEM physician in Phoenix.

■ Under Awards & Accomplishments, Sarver Heart Center member Daniel Spaite, MD, Virginia Piper Distinguished Chair of Emergency Medicine and director of EMS Research Collaboration, won the Best Abstract Award of the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart Association 2016 Scientific Sessions. He presented on "Evaluation of Prehospital Hypotension Depth-duration Dose and Mortality in Major Traumatic Brain Injury."

Fourth-year UA medical student Srishti Nayak presented a research poster at the American Heart Association 2016 Scientific Sessions on using an app to teach basic CPR and bring these skills to resource-poor areas. Originally from Calcutta, India, Nayak is part of the Resuscitation Education and CPR Training Group, known as REACT, that conducts free training in lifesaving skills such as chest compression only CPR. Click through to the newsletter for a video link AHA posted about her research…

■ As part of the Andra Heart Project, Srikar Adhikari, MD, along with UA pediatric cardiologists, performed free echocardiography (ECG) screenings to 310 Flowing Wells Junior High School students last summer. The Andra Heart Foundation is a community organization that runs screening programs in Tucson in an effort to detect and treat cardiac disease in teens. The project was created in honor of Andra Dalrymple who died of sudden cardiac death after a soccer practice in October 2010. The screenings are held annually.

Release Date: 
02/14/2017 - 9:00am