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UW Health recognizes UW Med Flight's women providers, who make up 40% of the critical care transport team, during Women in Medicine month. Our doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, pilot and EMTs respond to critical patient needs. Dispatchers field transport requests for three helicopter bases and two ambulances...
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Congratulations to Michael Repplinger, MD, PhD on receiving the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (WACEP). This award recognizes his extraordinary contributions and commitment to patient care and advancing the specialty of emergency medicine.
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The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital announced Wednesday they received a 5-star rating for Patient Experience. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the results of the 2019 patient experience star ratings. They use the rating system to measure the experiences Medicare beneficiaries have with their health plan and

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UW Health and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are among the first sites in the country to study whether an investigational vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca can prevent COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
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Pediatric emergency physician and Med Flight fellow Allie Hurst, MD, MS will lead a discussion on the treatment of heat exhaustion in pediatric patients as part of the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery Project ECHO series. Dr. Hurst will discuss what to look for when you suspect heat exhaustion

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On Monday, August 17, 2020, UW Med Flight was proud to staff an all-female flight crew out of its air base in Portage, WI for the first time in its 35 years of service. 

BerbeeWalsh Emergency Medicine flight physician Cynthia Griffin, MD, flight nurse Deb Volgarino, RN and pilot Kai

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The University of WIsconsin ECLS Center has received the Gold Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support for 2020-2023 from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), an international non-profit consortium of healthcare institutions who are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems

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UW emergency physician and associate residency program director Benjamin Schnapp, MD, MEd will be the site leader on a grant from the American Medical Association (AMA) titled, “Development of a Unified System of Assessment and Predictive Learning Analytics Using Entrustable Professional Activities Across Emergency Medicine Residency Program.”

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A recent grant to a team from the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine, UW Health, and the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute will help them develop and test an advanced surveillance system to identify future waves of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide training to front-line providers caring for those patients. Read more...
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Surgery Sett, the podcast of the UW Department of Surgery, begins a series on transport medicine here at the University of Wisconsin. Check out the first episode:

The Transport Series: Episode 1 - UW Med Flight Senior Lead Pilot Phil Jennings

In the first episode of the Surgery Sett Transport

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UW Health's hospitals and providers have earned a reputation for innovation and remarkable patient care that is unmatched in the state and recognized throughout the world. For the ninth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" ranked University of Wisconsin Hospitals, which includes University Hospital and

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The following scholarly articles and reports were recently published by Department of Emergency Medicine faculty and staff with primary focus areas in COVID-19, prehospital medicine, antibiotic stewardship, and palliative care.
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For older adults, over diagnosis of urinary tract infections (UTI) is a primary driver of inappropriate antibiotic use. This risk is increased for patients in long term care facilities (LTCF), especially as they transition back and forth to emergency departments (ED). In this study, a team of researchers at the

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UW Med Flight physicians Drew Cathers and Jordan Imoehl were interviewed for an article by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) discussing the limited number of air medical transport programs in the U.S. that train emergency medicine residents to fly, even during a pandemic.v Each of our residents has the option to train with Med Flight...
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With state temperatures expected to soar beyond 90 degrees Fahrenheit this week, our emergency medicine physicians want people in our community to think about their health. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity increase susceptibility to sunburn, dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Emergency physicians caution the community to take precautions when venturing outdoors. Read more...
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Milwaukee, Wis: For many in the state, finding a safe place to cool off can be difficult, especially in areas hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. UW Emergency Physician Dr. Brian Patterson also spoke to CBS 58 Milwaukee this week, where the city's health department just opened a public cooling

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Effective on Monday, July 13, 2020, Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing Emergency Order #8, which requires that everyone age 5 and older wear a face covering or mask when in in any enclosed building where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, could be present. This requirement applies to all of Dane County.
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The latest installment of the DEM Research Newsletter has been published, which details the upcoming events and recent research accomplishments throughout the Department of Emergency Medicine. Read more...
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Madison, WI- With more than 500 new cases in Dane County over the last week, UW Health experts are concerned about the trend and urge the public to avoid behavior that leads to the spread of the virus. “The increased cases cannot be explained solely by increased testing. Read more...
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Dr. William Burns has co-authored a chapter to a recently released book entitled Palliative Skills for Frontline Clinicians, which addresses the challenges of delivering complex care to patients living with serious illnesses. Spanning emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgery and various subspecialties, each chapter reads like a story. Read more...