Weekly Update – July 18, 2022


Our ED pharmacists recently brought up some confusion about the HIV PEP Kits we dispense to ED patients. It seems like “Occupational PEP” which is a 3-day kit, is frequently being selected for patients who have “occupational exposure” from an event occurring in their line of work. However, this oPEP 3-day kit is actually meant for NYP employees (to provide enough supply over a weekend) because they would be able to follow up with WHS. Non-NYP patients should receive a 7-day kit because they need adequate time to follow up outpatient elsewhere. 


Because of this confusion, it seems pharmacy has sometimes recommended one-time doses of PEP in the ED for non NYP employees with a 28-day Rx which is not ideal. I’ve clarified with our ID team the following information which I’ve sent to our pharmacists and was hoping you could also communicate with ED providers?: 

· NYP employee occupational exposure = Occupational PEP

o 3 days since can follow up with WHD 

· Non-NYP employee occupational exposure or non-occupational exposure (needle sharing, exposure to fluids etc) = Non-Occupational PEP

o 7 days since needs time to follow up with outpatient

· SAFE patients = Sexual assault adult/peds

o     days since needs time to follow up with outpatient/required by NYS 


Campus Announcements

Dart Room Checklist Project 
We are pleased to announce a new Quality Improvement project regarding supplies in the DART room. We have developed a checklist based on YOUR survey results regarding needed items in the DART room. We are asking PGY3 residents to check the DART room using the checklist once in the morning (before/after morning report) and once in the evening (approximately midnight). This list will then be given to the charge nurse who will be the one responsible for replacing the missed items, NOT THE RESIDENT.  We hope this will lead to improved quality and patient safety as well as more smoothly run (and less frustrating) notifications. If you have any questions or comments–please reach out to Mary-Kate Gorlick, Mike Defillipo and/or Shriman Balasubramanian.

Medical Student Mentorship Opportunity 

See message below from Spencer Dunleavy (Equity/Justice Fellow at Columbia)

I wanted to reach out to you to see if you could help recruit EM residents to potentially mentor students.

The goal is to create a database of resident mentors of all backgrounds across all residency programs at NYP-Columbia to help guide medical students from traditionally less supported backgrounds (with respect to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic upbringing, gender, and sexuality) toward the specialties they wish to pursue. As someone who came from a background where no one in my family had gone to university, I know it has been very challenging to find people with similar experiences to help me on my path through medical school. Our hope is that we can create a sustainable system for students of varying backgrounds to help find role models and mentors.

Would you be able to help us recruit residents in your program? A sign up form for residents can be accessed here. I would be happy to discuss further with you if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Stroke Reminders at Columbia 

  1. There has been some confusion regarding activation stroke for TIA (stroke like symptoms that resolved) within 6 hours of onset. These patients need an activation since we still need to report our time metrics for TIAs< 6 hours to New York State. Furthermore, sometimes there are subtle findings on their neuro exam or have stuttering symptoms which would make them a stroke patient rather than TIA. Activate Stroke Code for these patients and neurology is aware of this as it is part of our hospital stroke policy
  2. Activate Stroke Code for patients who presents with symptoms concerning for SAH or ICH within 6 hours. This is also per our stroke policy and we are required to report out those metrics. It will expedite getting the head ct on time and utilize the appropriate resources to take care of these patients.
  3. Use ED Adult Stroke Order set for patients that a code stroke is activated for. This order set have key elements that trigger multiple departments to expedite results for stroke patients as all these results are time sensitive. In addition, the [Head CT Acute Stroke Team Activation] order triggers the radiologist to be on standby to read this CT scan and expects someone in the CT scanner to communicate the results to. In addition, the CT scanner is usually placed on standby till the patient arrives. As one can imagine, if it is used for a 6/24 that does not meet criteria for LVO, it can lead to delays in other patients’ care when it is not warranted and may hold up valuable resources such as CT scan room as well as radiologist.

Handoff Notes

Admin has noted deficiencies in resident handoff notes. Please document handoff notes using “.reshandoff” for all patients.

Medical Education Research Opportunity

Fam, I will be working on an education-based scoping review over the next few months and would love to have a resident be part of the team.  The workload would consist in screening/reading manuscripts, qualitative data abstraction, and work on preparing the manuscript.  I know, it’s almost too exciting.   The workload would be primarily over the next six months.  If you have an interest in Med Ed (or qualitative research in general), shoot me an email and we can discuss logistics more.  There will be no hard feelings if we talk and you decide I’m insane and want nothing to do with this.   Again, would love to have a resident participate, so keep me posted if interested!  Chris (Chr2019@med.cornell.edu, 857-919-0784)



We are excited to welcome you to the Hemodynamics Theme Day which will be held in-person at the Cornell Simulation Center located on the 10th floor, N elevators. We will begin the day with a lecture on the approach to hypotension by our special guest Dr. Vivek Moitra, Division Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Columbia. Then, we will have a small group discussion on vasopressors and inotropes, the senior group led by Dr. Angela Barskaya and the junior group by Dr. Christie Lech. We will conclude the case with simulation cases for both juniors and seniors, developed by our theme day residents under the guidance of our simulation faculty Drs. Anne Katz, Janice Shin-Kim, Christopher Reisig and Neel Naik.

Hope to see you there!


8:15 AM

Approach to Hypotension (Vivek Moitra)

9:00 AM

Small Groups Discussion (Angela Barskaya and Christie Lech)

10:00 AM


10:15 AM

Simulation Cases

To George for getting engaged! 🙂 Congrats to you and Charlie! 


Chief On Call

Billy Haussner, M.D.  

EM Chiefs’ Cell:  917-410-1056

Please call and do not text/ email so we can address issues promptly.
If you do not hear back within 10 minutes, then call any of the other chiefs

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