Anup Mathai, Saleem Farook, Guillaume Alinier, Sameer Pathan, Mohammed Shariff
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 9, Iss. 3, 03 Mar 2017, pp 98 - 101

In recent years, Emergency Medicine
(EM) has emerged as an important
specialty in addressing numerous
public health concerns such as
management of chronic conditions,
injuries, emerging health risks, and
the delivery of clinical and preventive
services. In Qatar and many other
parts of the world, the Emergency
Department (ED) serves as a point of
entry into the healthcare system for
a large percentage of the population.
EDs often serve as potential sites of
surveillance for various public health
initiatives. Public health aims to prevent
disease and their spread, promote
health, and prolong life expectancy
among the population as a whole.
The critical interface between EM and
Public Heath has been recognized
in the literature as an important
measure of the overall care given
to the community (Bernstein et al,
1994; Bernstein and Haukoos, 2008).

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