WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Most people today understand that emergency physicians are medical specialists, according to a new survey by Morning Consult,i which was conducted as part of the 50th anniversary of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). This wasn't true 50 years ago, before the development of specialty began. Nearly 80 percent of those who had been patients in the past year indicated they trust emergency physicians and were satisfied with care they provided.
"One in three Americans seek emergency care each year, and ACEP is the organization that charted a path forward to create the specialty of emergency medicine, setting standards and developing the criteria for board certification," said Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, president of ACEP. "Back in the 1960's, before there were emergency departments, you were likely taken to a room in a hospital in a hearse, because that was only vehicle in which people could lie flat. We've come a long way, and we owe so much to our early leaders who had the foresight and wisdom to shape this specialty that people's lives today depend on. I think ACEP's founders would be amazed at how progress has been made."
Dr. Kivela said ACEP was celebrating all year with a culmination at the organization's annual meeting in San Diego in October. ACEP has created a 50th Anniversary video and a special edition look at the history of emergency medicine, Medicine's Front Line. Dr. Kivela urged the public to show support by:
- Go to http://www.emergencycareforyou.org/thankyou/ and thank an emergency physician.
- Learning the warning signs of a medical emergency in adults: https://tinyurl.com/yaqsw9t5
Learning the warning signs of a medical emergency in children: https://tinyurl.com/y9335f26
Learning when to call 911 and what to do until help arrives: https://bit.ly/2nnxWJd
- Helping a child get prepared for a disaster emergency by playing Disaster Hero. www.EmergencyCareforYou.org
- Print out and give the Top ER Tips to a parent.
- Signing up to get new Doc Blogs and the latest health and safety tips and from ACEP's public website EmergencyCareforYou.org
- Following and "liking" ACEP on its Facebook Fan page.
- Following ACEP on Twitter @EmergencyDocs.
"Emergency physicians are the only physicians available all day, all night, all year," said Dr. Kivela. "For 50 years, ACEP has been the champion for emergency medicine and emergency patients, and this will continue to for next 50 years."
The following organizations are the sponsors of ACEP's 50th anniversary.
- Schumacher Clinical Partners
- Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA)
- Envision Physician Services
- FUJIFILM SonoSite
- Hagan Barron Intermediaries
- Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
- MultiView, Inc.
- United States Army Medicine
ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.
i Morning Consult 2018
SOURCE American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)