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IAEM Publications 2020

IAEM Recommendations for Resetting Care in Irish Emergency Departments

Irish Association for Emergency Medicine

June 2020

Overview

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In response to COVID-19, IAEM issued a statement on Resetting Care in Ireland’s Emergency Departments on 12th May 2020.

The Association’s Recommendations for Resetting Care in Irish Emergency Departments have been made to ensure the safety of both patients and staff in our Emergency Departments (EDs) in the COVID-19 era and beyond.

COVID-19 has been, and will continue to be, a huge challenge for Ireland, made all the more difficult by longstanding and well flagged deficits in Irish healthcare, particularly the lack of bed capacity; infrastructure that is not fit for purpose and significant staffing constraints when compared with international comparators. Hopefully it has also brought some focus on the importance of public healthcare, accessible to all when they need it.

As we move from a pandemic to an endemic state, the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine believes it is imperative that, as experts in Emergency Medicine (EM), we set out our position on how care in Irish EDs and hospitals generally must be reset to allow EM to continue to care for those patients that need EM expertise in a way that is safe for patients and staff alike and produces the best possible outcomes for our patients.

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