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Through the assistance of an American College of Emergency Physicians’ grant, the Florida College of Emergency Physicians created the Plug It Project as an initiative to create awareness in Florida surrounding the waterborne, free-living, freshwater amoeba Naegleria Fowleri and the resulting infection called Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM).

The goals of the Plug It Project include assisting in providing standard, current and correct information/guidance/awareness regarding Naegleria Fowleri; spreading awareness of the risk and the preventative steps to the public and medical/health professionals; advocating for rapid diagnosis and treatment of Naegleria Fowleri and PAM; and assisting in communications at local and state levels through partnerships with other organizations for amoeba awareness.

The Plug It Project will result in many benefits to emergency medicine in Florida – the most substantial being an increase in awareness and knowledge of Naegleria Fowleri and PAM which will result in a lower frequency of infection, as well as, methods for early diagnosis that create new care pathways for best practices and treatment of potential and confirmed PAM cases.

PAM is 100 percent preventable, yet 99 percent fatal.

Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM): Red Flags and Lifesaving Critical Care Tips for the Emergency Medicine Professional Webinar

Naegleria fowleri, the “brain-eating ameba”, is a free-living microscopic ameba commonly found in freshwater and soil. It causes a rare, almost always fatal brain infection known as primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). During this 60-minute presentation, we will review the pre-hospital red-flags and clinical guidelines for the diagnosis of PAM. This will be followed by a review of the clinical care pathways and rapid laboratory diagnostic testing criteria for emergency care patients with suspected PAM.

  • Review and describe the pre-hospital red flags – fresh water swimming history -key assessment.
  • Review and describe the clinical guidelines for rapid diagnosis of primary amebic meningoencephalitis(PAM).
  • Review and discuss the clinical care pathways for emergency care of patients with suspected PAM.
  • Review and illustrate the rapid lab diagnostic testing criteria for naegelria fowleri (PAM).

Thanks to the generous support of the Jordan Smelski Foundation for Amoeba Awareness this presentation is available for FREE through October 2018. Click here to access the course!

Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis Informational Poster

In addition to the available webinar, the Florida College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Medicine Learning & Resource Center has created an informational poster on PAM that can be distributed to all EM and EMS professionals as a reference tool about the causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of the disease.

CLICK HERE to download the PAM educational poster!

Naegleria fowleri training video!

The Jordan Smelski Foundation for Amoeba Awareness, in conjunction with Florida Hospital, has created a Lab Detection training video. Naegleria fowleri subject matter experts discuss how to identify the amoeba in diagnostic specimens. The video is hosted by Sheila Black, Florida Hospital lab technician, who identified it in Sebastian Deleon’s case.  It also includes Dr. Jennifer Cope from the CDC and Frank Johns, the lab technician involved with Kali Hardig’s case in 2013. 

To access the free video, click here