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Leveraging the COVID-19 response to improve emergency care systems in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal ; 26(6):626-629, 2020.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1220407
ABSTRACT
[...]work has been done to support implementation of a package of emergency care tools including the Integrated Interagency Triage Tool (prehospital, routine and mass casualty);Emergency Medical and Trauma Care Checklists;the Basic Emergency Care - an open-access training course for frontline health-care providers who manage acute illness and injury with limited resources;and the International Registry of Trauma and Emergency care to help gather essential data about the performance of emergency care systems (6,7). Despite countries' efforts to control patient flow by directing suspected COVID-19 patients to dedicated facilities, many "self-present" to facilities of their choosing. [...]patients presenting for unrelated emergencies (e.g., trauma) may also be co-infected with COVID-19 - whether or not they are symptomatic. Additionally, many EMR countries lack legislation guaranteeing access to emergency care for all (a key WHO Health System Building Block under governance), which limits access to marginal communities (10). Since the Region is host to the largest number of displaced persons in the world, region-specific guidance has been developed to guide health system response to COVID-19 in the context of displacement (22). [...]there is a paucity of high-quality published data on emergency care systems in the Region and an urgent need for operational research to understand the emergency care needs and emergency care systems performance in EMR countries.

Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: ProQuest Central Type of study: Prognostic study Language: English Journal: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal Year: 2020 Document Type: Article

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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: ProQuest Central Type of study: Prognostic study Language: English Journal: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal Year: 2020 Document Type: Article