Emergency Care For You

Health and Safety Campaigns

ACEP and its partners conduct campaigns to educate the public about health and safety issues.  ACEP also conducts health policy campaigns to educate policymakers and the public.  

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Safe Drug Dispoal

Emergency physicians see the consequences of drug misuse and abuse every day, which is why ACEP is teaming up with the Partnership for Drugfree Kids to educate the public about safe disposal of drugs.The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers a free guide providing background on this issue and helps readers understand what safe drug disposal is, and can be; who should be involved in the development of a program; and ways in which safe drug disposal programs can be promoted to community members

 

 Stop the Bleed

Find out How You Can "Stop the Bleed"

The campaign aims to provide the general public with the knowledge and tools to help control severe bleeding.

The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to help save lives through basic actions to stop life-threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies or disaster events. Severe hemorrhage control kits should be readily available to the public in easy accessible locations such as near or part of public access automatic external defibrillator (AED) locations in business, schools, airports, and other public buildings.
 
   

Top 10 Tips Logo10 ER Tips for Moms

Nobody schedules emergencies, which is why it’s so important to have plans in place before they happen. It’s also crucial to know the signs and symptoms of childhood emergencies so you can take action quickly that may prevent small problems from becoming big ones. 

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is here to help with a new brochure designed specifically for parents, “10 ER Tips for Moms.” This Top 10 list can be posted on the refrigerator, inside a cabinet or wherever parents post other health and safety information at home.


Got Fib?

Got Fib?The American College ofg with Emergency Physicians, along other healthcare providers and patient educators, has developed a patient education program designed to educate the public and healthcare providers on the important warning signs of non-valvualar atrial fibrillation (NVAF).  The educational program, “Got FIB?  Fast, Irregular heart Beats.” provides vital information regarding NVAF disease awareness, recognition of signs and symptoms, risk factors for developing NVAF-related stroke, access to care and waysto manage the condition, and appropriate treatment to reduce the risk of stroke.  


The website www.dontfibyourself.org contains several resources, such as articles about NVAF, information about the condition, downloadable posters and postcards, as well as a community presentation slide deck and teaching guide. 

Remember to ask yourself, Got FIB?        

MedicAlert 

MedicAlertMost people assume that if they end up in the emergency room, they’ll be alert enough to tell the staff everything they need to know about their medical history, and current medications and conditions. But what if you’re seriously ill or even unconscious? In an emergency, it is critical for first responders and the ER staff to know your medical information in order to treat your emergency properly – so critical, in fact, it can mean life or death. The nation’s emergency physicians are partnering with MedicAlert Foundation to launch a campaign called "Seconds Save Lives" to educate the public about what to do in an emergency. 

"People witnessing a medical emergency should be prepared to take action, which can mean anything from calling 911 to performing CPR," said Dr. Angela Gardner of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).  "The most important, and yet sometimes the most difficult thing to do is to keep your composure.  You will be better able to provide critical information to emergency responders and physicians, whether for yourself or someone else."

American Medicine Chest Challenge

Prescription PillsThe American College of Emergency Physicians, a national sponsor of the American Medicine Chest Challenge, is educating the public about safe disposal of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications in order to reduce the threat of drug abuse by children.  Seventy percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers indicated they got them from friends or relatives and a recent survey shows that one in nine children are abusing prescription pain relievers.

Emergency physicians see first-hand the dangers of prescription drug abuse, which is why we recommend that everyone take stock of the medicines in their homes,” said ACEP spokesperson, Sandra Schneider, MD, FACEP. “Prescription drugs are the most abused drugs in America other than marijuana, and parents are the first line of defense between kids and the prescription medications.   If you don’t need the medicines in your medicine chest, then your kids don’t need them either.” 

MADD - Power of Parents

MADD Power of ParentsACEP has joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving to educate parents about how to talk to their teenagers about alcohol. In 2009, more than 500 ER visits a day involved underage drinking. For tips on how to get the conversation started, read more about the Power of Parents: It’s Your Influence handbook.

Know Your Dose  

KnowYourDose logoAcetaminophen is found in more than 600 different prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including pain relievers, fever  reducers  and sleep aids as well as well as cough, cold and allergy medicines. On prescription labels, acetaminophen is sometimes listed as "APAP," "acetam" or other shortened versions of the word. There is a limit to how much you can take in one day. Taking more acetaminophen than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage. 

The Know Your Dose campaign is raising awareness of this important topic by educating patients and consumers on appropriate use of medicines that contain acetaminophen. The American College of Emergency Physicians has joined the Know Your Dose campaign to remind patients and consumers always to read and follow the labels of their medicines and never to take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time. The campaign's website, KnowYourDose.org, offers a list of common medicines that contain acetaminophen, tips on reading over-the-counter and prescription labels, and more.

Suicide Prevention 

ACEP and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are working together to reduce suicide nationwide. The campaign's goal is to prevent suicide attempts by encouraging individualsin suicidal Suicide Preventioncrisis to get immediate assistance by calling a toll-free telephone number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (en Español 1-888-628-9454). The caller will be connected to the nearest available  suicide prevention and  mental health service provider. Lifeline is the only national suicide prevention and intervention telephone resource funded by the Federal Government. ACEP wants people to know that trained crisis workers are available 24 hours a day/ seven days a week, to assist them in getting the help they need to prevent life-threatening injuries or death by suicide. To learn more: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Presciption Assistance

ACEP is a partner of The Partnership for Prescription Assistance program, which brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. Its mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. Through this program, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 275 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. To access the Partnership for Prescription Assistance by phone, you can call toll-free, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669) or visit www.pparx.org

Women and Stroke

National Stroke AssociationDid you know that women are more likely than men to have a stroke? Although nearly half a million women a year suffer from stroke, many still do not know the signs and symptoms of this life-threatening emergency. ACEP and the National Stroke Association have teamed up to educate the public about the third leading cause of death in the United States. For more information about women and stroke, please visit the National Stroke Association.