SAEM endorses Institute of Medicine report on the future of emergency care in the US

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the Future of Emergency Care report June 14 in three segments addressing hospital-based emergency care, emergency medical services and emergency care for children. The reports describe a national crisis in emergency care and offer recommendations on the most important issues facing emergency care.

The Society for Academic Emergency Physicians (SAEM) is the largest organization in the world focused on improving the science and teaching of emergency care. Its mission is to improve patient care through research and education.

SAEM endorses the IOM recommendation that funding and grants to study emergency care should be increased as there is currently limited research bridging the gap between the science and the delivery of optimal emergency care. Research on optimizing the healthcare delivery model during normal operations and during disasters has traditionally been underfunded.

Academic medical centers often serve as the safety net for the community and smaller hospitals by providing sub-specialty care not available elsewhere and serving as the resource for training and education of providers in the region. Funding for education and training of an adequate workforce will allow academic centers to address a workforce deficit in emergency medicine trained providers and educate more physicians on emergency care during medical school years.

The IOM report on emergency medical services describes a fragmented system with disparate care delivery. EMS is a critical early link in emergency preparedness for disasters. Substantial research efforts are needed to provide a stronger scientific basis for out-of-hospital emergency care, with a focus on systems, care protocols and maintaining competencies.

The IOM report on emergency care for children describes a system where the majority of hospitals and EMS systems have inadequate training and equipment to care for children. Increased research and edu

Contact: Mary Ann Schropp
Elsevier Health Sciences

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