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A report on the International Conference in Emergency Medicine and Public Health: Qatar 2016

02 March 2017
Volume 9 · Issue 3

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). Both public health and EM serve as important partners for pre-hospital and paramedic practice in order to deliver the best patient care. Key aspects under consideration to minimise risks to patients or casualties are effective communication at various levels (Manoj and Baker, 2007; Shah et al, 2016) and well thought through disaster response plans (der Heide, 2006; Rawls and Turnquist, 2010).

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