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Emergency Medicine Day – We take care of you, please take care of us

Dr. Jeedhu Radhakrishnan – Consultant and Head Manipal Hospitals Goa and KMC Hospital Mangalore



Panaji: The theme for this year “We take care of you, please take care of us” is based on the observation that there is a shortage of emergency medicine specialists in many parts of the world, both because there is no speciality and the number of doctors with expertise in emergency medicine is too small due to financial constraints and a lack of public awareness of what is required. The aimed is to unite the policymakers and the world population to think and talk about this speciality of medicine and emergency medical care. It is very important to have a well-developed, organised and prepared emergency medical systems around the world, which will reduce the mortality rate and also reduce the disability rate after any kind of medical emergency situation.
Emergency Physicians are the ones who can deliver the best under pressure and ensure you get the right treatment. They are the ones who have been trained to cope with any kind of disaster, organising the right people, equipment and materials you need for the right outcome. In countries where the speciality is well established, with adequate staff and trained emergency physicians, the reception and treatment of patients have been much smoother and outcomes, better.
Reaching a higher level of competence is one of the main missions of the Emergency Medicine Day. Competence also means providing people access to emergency medical care in underdeveloped areas.
The field of action includes
A) Rapid response to life-threatening conditions like cardiac arrest, stroke, trauma, respiratory failure, heart attack, bleeding, etc.
B) Quality response to unplanned or unexpected urgent and emergency situations
C) A barrier to violence and abuse
D) Organised response and prevention to disasters and calamities
Competent professionals, such as emergency medicine specialists, nurses trained in emergency and acute care, paramedics, technicians, and support people, are better equipped to provide emergency medical treatment when they work in well-organized structures and procedures and also to demonstrate to the public and governments that this organisation has a positive impact on morbidity, mortality, and cost-effectiveness.

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