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.
More people in the United States have health care coverage than ever before, but an April 2018 Consumers for Quality Care (CQC)-Ipsos survey found that Americans fear health care costs even more than they worry about costs associated with retirement, college, housing or child care.
This October, CQC commissioned the CQC Health Care Experience Study to better understand the broader health care themes that impact consumers and to delve more deeply into the issues behind these cost concerns. We found that consumers are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care.
Consumers’ number one pain point is the unexpected nature of bills and fees, followed closely by insurance costs and out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and routine medical visits.
The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine.
ACEP is proud to be partnering with the NIH to educate and help spread the word about the All of Us Research Program. You can learn more about the impact of the program on emergency physicians and other providers here, and learn more about the goals of the All of Us program.
Pain Management and Opioids in the Emergency Department
Emergency physicians are experts in the management of acute pain. Emergency physicians will choose the right pain treatment for whatever brings a patient to the emergency department. Visit www.emergencycareforyou.org/pain for more information.
World CPR Challenge
More than 350,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest annually. Of those treated by EMS, only one in 10 survive. When a bystander performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until EMS arrives, the odds of the victim surviving can triple.
To raise awareness and increase bystander CPR, ACEP is joining forces with American Medical Response (AMR) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) for one of the largest bystander CPR trainings in history, The World CPR Challenge. During National EMS Week, May 21-27, the goal is to train one million people to assist in the “chain of survival” by recognizing the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and providing hands-only CPR. Research shows that compression-only CPR (no mouth-to-mouth or rescue breathing) can increase survival rates for those suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. Frequent chest compressions move oxygenated blood through the body, keeping the brain and other organs alive until the heart can be restarted.
Be a hero – learn CPR. To learn more about the World CPR Challenge and how you can participate, visit www.amr.net/cpr.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
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
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.
10 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.
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.
ACEP, 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?
Most 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 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
ACEP, 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
ACEP has joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving to educate parents about how to talk to their teenagers about alcohol. Data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Emergency Department Sample show that nearly 40 percent of substance-related emergency department (ED) visits made by patients aged 12 to 20 involved alcohol misuse. For more information visit www.madd.org
Know Your Dose
Acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America. It's found in more than 600 different prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including pain relievers, fever reducers and sleep aids, as well as cough, cold and allergy medicines. While it's safe and effective when used as directed, 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 working with ACEP to raise awareness of this important topic and remind patients and consumers to always read and follow their medicine labels and to only take one medicine that contains acetaminophen at the same time. Visit KnowYourDose.org and follow @KnowYourDose on Twitter to learn about common medicines that contain acetaminophen, tips on reading over-the-counter and prescription labels, and more.
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 individuals in suicidal crisis 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
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
Did 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.