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Emergency medicine's COVID future: Facing the triple challenge after flattening the curve.

Authors
  • Staib, Andrew1, 2, 3
  • Small, Niall1, 4
  • 1 Queensland Emergency Department Strategic Advisory Panel, Clinical Excellence Queensland, Queensland Health, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 2 Department of Emergency Medicine, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Health, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 3 School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 4 Townsville University Hospital, Townsville Hospital and Health Service, Douglas, Queensland, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Emergency medicine Australasia : EMA
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2020
Volume
32
Issue
5
Pages
880–882
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/1742-6723.13566
PMID: 32484307
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

After successfully avoiding the situations experienced by some countries, Australasian EDs now face a future in which the ongoing threat of COVID-19 is added to the traditional challenges in providing quality emergency care. The contribution of emergency medicine to the national containment strategy adds a new dimension to the demands placed on emergency medicine in Australia and similarly, to the elimination strategy employed in New Zealand. These demands will best be met by a considered, planned and resourced approach that will challenge traditional measures of 'ED efficiency'. © 2020 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

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