Clinical

Most EMNet staff are full-time researchers and do not provide direct clinical care. However, EMNet faculty members with medical training have worked as part-time attending physicians in the MGH ED and given the nature of EMNet research (clinical, public health), such work is encouraged. EMNet fellows work approximately 12-16 clinical hours per week in clinical areas consistent with their training (e.g., emergency medicine, allergy/immunology); in that capacity, they supervise HMS-affiliated residents and medical students.

Dr. Camargo, and other EMNet-affiliated investigators, have played an active role in the development and dissemination of national guidelines on the clinical management of anaphylaxis (NIAID/NIH, 2004 and 2005), asthma exacerbations (NHLBI/NIH, 2007), and food allergy (NIAID/NIH, 2010). Other examples of EMNet contributions in the clinical domain are summarized below:

Active Projects

ED-SAFE was a multicenter study of suicide prevention. Materials from this study include a three-question Patient Safety Screener and patient handouts.

For more information and to view ED-SAFE materials, click here.

Past Initiatives

In 2004, Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) distributed a poster of asthma inhalers to >500 emergency departments across the U.S. Developed in cooperation with Dr. Carlos Camargo, the poster was sponsored by an educational grant from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) and endorsed by the EMNet Steering Committee. The poster was later translated into Spanish. Over the next few years, posters were sent to emergency departments and asthma clinics throughout the U.S.

If you would like to request a poster, please click here.

A consensus conference on “Asthma Education in the ED” was held at the New York Academy of Medicine on April 1-3, 2001. The conference was presented by the Multicenter Airway Research Collaboration (MARC) in partnership with The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP), and The National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB).