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

June 16, 2006

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 education on the providing optimal care for children is needed to address this gap.

SAEM applauds the work of the Institute of Medicine on the Future of Emergency Care report and looks forward to active participation in addressing emergency care needs:

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For further information about SAEM's endorsement of the IOM Report or the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, please contact:

MaryAnn Schropp - SAEM Executive Director
517-485-5484
mschropp@saem.org

James W. Hoekstra, MD - 2006-2007 SAEM President
336-716-4626
jhoekstr@wfubmc.edu

Judd E. Hollander, MD - 2006-2007 SAEM President Elect
215-662-2767
hollandj@uphs.upenn.edu

Carey D. Chisholm, MD - 2006-2007 SAEM - IOM Task Force Chair
317-962-5556
cchisholm@clarian.org

Visit our website: www.saem.org

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