LAS VEGAS—Anyone who thinks what happens here stays here is not on Twitter. With well over 3,000 tweets tagged with the #ACEP16 hashtag on Sunday alone, garnering over 7 million impressions, the emergency medicine world is keeping tabs on us. Dr. Alison Haddock (@AdvocacyMD) tweeted the news that “more than 7000 ER docs will be coming to #ACEP16 this year – it’s the can’t-miss conference for our specialty!” She’s right. And thanks to the ever-enthusiastic #FOAMed community that has descended on Las Vegas, no one has to miss this—albeit as attendees, we are lucky ones who get both the medical education and the energy and camaraderie that only a Vegas conference can hope to attain.
Here’s a roundup of some influential tweets so far.
While #FOAMed is a global movement, and ACEP is influential the world over, much is lost in translation. That’s why it’s exciting that Dr. Alejandro Moya, the president of Costa Rica Society of Emergency Physicians no less, has been doing some live tweeting from the conference in Spanish. Dr. Moya covered many pearls from Dr. Peter DeBlieux’s talk on the use of vasopressors in the ED including: ”Nosotros no utilizamos ‘push dose’ antihipertensivos debido a problemas de seguridad, debemos hacer lo contrario?” That translates back to English as “We don’t use push-dose antihypertensives due to safety problems, do we need to do the opposite?” Indeed, Dr. DeBlieux is concerned about our reliance on push-dose pressors, despite a paucity of supporting evidence. Translating while live-tweeting, Dr. Moya? That’s a level of multi-tasking that all EM providers can certainly envy. (Thanks to Manrique Umana, @UmanaMD, for the re-translation.)
Meanwhile, prolific twitter master, Dr. Allen Roberts (@GruntDoc), provided an excellent live feed from Dr. Anne Daul’s lecture “Emergency Care for the Transgender Patient.” Not surprisingly, our care for transgendered patients has room for improvement. In fact, “20 percent [are] denied care” and an even “bigger percentage delay care due to fear.” While ACEP has many tried-and-true lectures, it’s great to see the conference keeping up so that we can improve our care for this under-recognized patient population.
As always, for the twitter neophytes, don’t be shy! Tweet away, and tag your tweets #ACEP16.