Emergency Medicine

Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research

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Penn EM Combats Distracted Driving, as Survey Shows 75 Percent of Locals Use Phone in Car

A new survey shows that most people use some type of mobile device while driving. Combatting distracted driving will require a shift in our culture. M. Kit Delgado, MD, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that one way to fight back is to “gamify” safety, to keep people off their phones.

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Limiting Opioid Prescriptions to Three Days

CECPR's own Kit Delgado was part of team that published a perspective paper in the New England Journal of Medicine on recent legislative proposals to limit opioid prescriptions to a 3-day supply.

A summary of the perspective piece, and other work on the stewardship of opioids for managing acute pain, also featuring CECPR's Jeanmarie Perrone and Zack Meisel, was featured here: https://ldi.upenn.edu/healthpolicysense.....

Penn Team Opioid 'Sprained Ankle' Study Generates Media Impact

Penn study detailing wide variation in emergency department opioid prescribing for sprained ankles has generated widespread media pickup in newspapers, radio, & major online news outlets. The findings were of high interest to national/local news desks that have been chronicling the country's efforts to address the epidemic of opioid addiction & overdoses that kill 115 people daily. Congratulations to the Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research!

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Turning Vacant Lots Into Green Spaces Can Improve Mental Health

Having access to even small green spaces can reduce symptoms of depression for people who live near them, especially in low-income neighborhoods. A new study led by Penn researchers emphasizes how much of an impact your environment can have on your mental health. The paper found an association between urban restoration efforts in Philadelphia and the mental health of city residents. “Vacant lot greening is a very simple structural intervention that’s relatively low-cost and that can have a potentially wide or broad population impact,” says study lead author Eugenia C. South, MD, MSHP, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine. “Performing simple interventions to the neighborhood environment has an impact on health.”

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Opioid Pills for a Simple Sprained Ankle? It’s a Thing in Some States.

Many states have responded to the national opioid epidemic by limiting how many pain pills doctors can prescribe, contributing to the decline in opioid prescriptions filled at pharmacies across the country. But a new Penn study suggests that to truly tackle the opioid epidemic, states may need a more granular approach. The study, led by M. Kit Delgado, MD, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, found that opioid prescribing for minor injuries remains high and varies widely by state.

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Penn Medicine Emergency Medicine Physician and Digital Health Care Innovator Raina Merchant, MD, Named Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow

The prestigious two-year Fellowship is designed to strengthen the leadership of innovators across the U.S. health care ecosystem and challenge them to create new approaches to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. Congratulations, Raina!

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Jeanmarie Perrone as the face of a Forbes article on "Best Places to Work for Women"

Emergency Medicine’s Jeanmarie Perrone, MD is featured in a photograph for the article "America's Best Employers For Women 2018".


Edouard Coupet Publishes Major Manuscript on Important and Timely Topic

Emergency Medicine’s Edouard Coupet Jr, MD publishes his article "Shift in U.S. payer responsibility for the acute care of violent injuries after the Affordable Care Act: Implications for prevention".


Reducing Gun Violence and Increasing Peace of Mind through Vacant Land Stabilization

Emergency Medicine’s Gina South, MD is an author of the new study "Citywide cluster randomized trial to restore blighted vacant land and its effects on violence, crime, and fear". Hear her discuss the results of this randomized controlled trial.


Penn Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine's CECPR takes on Philadelphia’s opioid epidemic

Penn Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine is leveraging its expertise to fight the city’s opioid crisis on multiple fronts.


CECPR on the radio - How Empty Houses cause Urban Blight

Dr. Gina South talks about the problem with abandoned houses, on "The Pulse" on WHYY.

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A Utah Nurse’s Violent Arrest Puts Patient-Consent law — and Police Conduct — in the Spotlight

Emergency Medicine's Zachary Meisel, MD is quoted throughout.


Study finds one in three Philadelphia residents used an opioid last year

Emergency Medicine's Jeanmarie Perrone, MD comments.


How Ride-Hailing Impacts Public Safety: Different Cities, Different Results

CECPR members chime in.


Miami Boy's Death Shows Powerful Opioid's Chilling Potential

Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone was interviewed on National Public Radio Here and Now helping to decipher the unexplained death of a 10- year-old boy in Miami who was exposed to heroin and fentanyl.


Wharton-Sirius Radio Previews Issues From Upcoming LDI 50th Anniversary Symposium

Wharton-Sirius Radio Previews Issues From Upcoming LDI 50th Anniversary Symposium


Prevention at the Point of Pain

Penn Medicine clinicians and scientists examine where it begins: The causes & treatment of pain. Penn EM's Zachary Meisel, MD & Jeanmarie Perrone, MD explain.


Christie set to impose pain pill limits despite N.J. doctors' objections

EM's Jeanmarie Perrone, MD is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article discussing a new plan, proposed by Gov. Chris Christie, to limit/reduce opioid pills physicians could initially prescribe to patients with acute pain.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs can Reduce the Overuse of Narcotics

The New York Times reports on new research showing that prescription drug monitoring programs can reduce the overuse of narcotics, but many states have adopted relatively weak versions. Emergency Medicine's Zachary Meisel, MD, MPH, MSHP, author of the research review, is quoted.

EM Represented in Philly Opioid Task Force

EM's Zachary Meisel, MD, Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, and C. Crawford Mechem, MD serve on the subcommittee for Philadelphia's "Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic". The task force's final report, which our colleagues helped to create, was recently released.

Even short-term opioid use can set people up for addiction risks

A SAEM (Society for Academic Emergency Medicine) plenary presentation by M. Kit Delgado, MD, Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, Zachary Meisel, MD, et al., was covered by Science News Online.

CECPR on the Airwaves

Jeanmarie Perrone, MD appears on NPR's "Radio Times" to discuss the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic. She is joined by Penn Medicine’s Michael Ashburn, MD, director of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, for a segment on efforts to improve opioid prescription safety.

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Dr. Mucio Kit Delgado Keeps Drivers Safe from Cellphone Distraction


Our very own Kit Delgado has been published in Penn Medicine Magazine. His work to to reduce cell phone distractions while driving is highlighted.

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Lauren Sinnenberg wins Perelman School of Medicine Award


Congratulations, Lauren, for winning the The Masters of Science in Health Policy Research Medical Student Award in Innovation & Implementation Research and a monetary prize, for your paper entitled “Twitter as a Data Source for Health Research: A Systematic Review.”
This prize was established in 2015 and is awarded for meritorious work that demonstrates innovation or implementation in health care delivery and outcomes.

Robert Smith wins Perelman School of Medicine Award


Congratulations, Robert, for winning the Clinical Epidemiology Research Prize and a monetary award, for your paper entitled “Patient Perspectives of Acute Pain Management in the Era of the Opioid Epidemic.”
This prize was established in 2004. It is awarded to a student in the Perelman School of Medicine who has shown special achievement for outstanding research in the field of Clinical Epidemiology.