Behavioural Emergencies Special Interest Group

Behavioural Emergencies Special Interest Group

Role of the Behavioural Emergencies Special Interest Group:

The Behavioural Emergencies Special Interest Group (BESIG) was founded in 2017 and is an international collaboration of people interested in promoting the high-quality care of people requiring emergency care who have a behavioural emergency or co-morbidity.

The Group seeks to improve emergency care of such people through:

  • Sharing best practices by identifying, developing and disseminating guidelines and standards pertaining to behavioural emergencies
  • Developing globally relevant education and training opportunities
  • Promoting research in behavioural emergencies
  • Advocating for people with behavioural emergencies and their requirements from the Emergency Health Services

Membership

Professor Bruce Lo | Chair
American College of Emergency Physicians

Dr Bruce Lo is the chief of emergency medicine at Sentara Norfolk General hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. He is also a Professor and serves as an assistant program director for the emergency medicine residency program at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a partner at Emergency Physicians of Tidewater (EPT). He has given a number of lectures at national/international conferences. He has served and led a number of committees standardizing the approach for caring the acute psychiatric patient within both his health system as well as within the state.

Dr Lo serves on a number of committees including the board of AAEM, the chair of ACEP Academic Affairs Committee, and ACEP’s Clinical Policy Committee. He is also the recipient of several awards including the ACEP National Teaching Award, ACEP Diversity and Inclusion Award, CORD Distinguished Educator Award for Teaching and Evaluation, and winner of the AAEM open-mic award.

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David Hoyer | American Academy of Emergency Medicine (Past Chair)

Jonathan Knott | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Luke Larkin | American Academy of Emergency Medicine & American College of Emergency Physicians

Gary Vilke | American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Michael Wilson | American Academy of Emergency Medicine & American College of Emergency Physicians

Leslie Zun | American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Nidal Moukaddam | Emergency Psychiatrist

Veronica Tucci | American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Spencer Greene | American College of Emergency Physicians

Andy Jagoda | American College of Emergency Physicians

Eddie Markul | American College of Emergency Physicians

Richard Shih | American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Ian Sammy | Trinidad Emergency Society

Owen Muir | Child Psychiatrist

Shusen Sun | Emergency Pharmacist

Henry Akujobi | Nigerian Emergency Society

Kin-Ling Chan | Hong Kong College of Emergency medicine

Terry Mulligan | American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Resources and Training

The following list is a Speakers Bureau, listing speakers in this field of practice. Each is willing to consider requests for giving their lecture at educational events. To make such a request please send a request.

Member: David Hoyer
Talk titles:

  1. Depression and Suicidality in Emergency Department Patients
  2. Identifying Depression in Emergency Department Patients (PechaKucha)
  3. Management of Anxiety Disorders in the Emergency Department
  4. Delirium vs. Dementia vs. Psychosis

Member: Les Zun
Talk titles:

  1. Evidence Based Evaluation and Tx of the Psychiatric Pt. in the ED
  2. Pitfalls in the Care of the Psychiatric Patient
  3. Psychiatric Disorders that Can Kill
  4. Pitfalls of Research in the area of Psychiatric Emergencies
  5. Managing Suicidal Ideation in the ED Setting
  6. Reducing your Agitation with the Agitated Patient

Member: Owen Muir
Talk titles:

  1. Pediatric Psychiatric Basics
  2. Nonsuicidal Self Injury
  3. Pediatric Delirium
  4. Pediatric Suicide Risk Assessment

Member: Ian Sammy
Talk titles:

  1. Depression in Older People in the ED
  2. Dementia in Older People in the ED
  3. Delirium in Older People in the ED

Member: Veronica Tucci|
Talk titles:

  1. Medical clearance of the psychiatric patient
  2. Countertransference in medical decision-making
  3. Difficult personalities and how to deal with them in the ED
  4. Stamping out burnout

Member: Luke Larkin
Talk titles:

  1. Suicide Prevention: What is the latest evidence
  2. Global Psychoepidemiology of Suicide and Mental Health
  3. Managing Acute Suicide States in the Emergency Department
  4. Occult Suicide Ideation: who is at risk and what to do about it
  5. The Mental Health Causes and Consequences of Trauma
  6. PTSD: Nosology and Best Evidence for Prevention & Management
  7. Disaster Psychiatry 101: What 9/11 Taught Us about Patients and Responders at Risk
  8. Victims of Violence: Domestic & International Victims of Torture

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