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What is the Emergency Medicine day?

Why 27 May 

The 27th of May is the day when Emergency Medicine in Europe took its beginning. In London a group of visionary people signed the founding act of the European Society for Emergency Medicine. The aim was to build up a system model to grant to every citizen in Europe a professional, competent and above all timely response to any life, organ or limb threatening acute condition. 

The aim of the EM-day 

The aim of this Emergency Medicine day is to unite the world population and decision makers to think and talk about emergency medicine and emergency medical care. 

We believe it is important to build awareness about the need for well developed, well prepared and well organised emergency medical systems everywhere in the world to increase survival and reduce disability after any kind of urgent or emergent medical situation. 

Where the specialty in emergency medicine is not yet developed, where emergency medical systems are not well structured, where competences are not standardized and certified, where resources for emergency medicine are insufficient, there should be a strong voice to ask and claim for a change, for a better life. 

The mission 

To explain to the people that:

  • Emergency medical care is better performed with competent professionals, doctors specialist in emergency medicine, nurses trained in emergency and acute care, paramedics, technicians, support personnel competent and working in organized structures and systems dedicated to emergency medical care.
  • The main mission of Emergency Medicine Day is to reach higher level of competence around the world. Competence also means access. Giving people in remote and underdeveloped areas access to emergency medical care.

Fields of action 

Rapid and competent first response to life threatening conditions like: cardiac arrest, stroke, heart attack, trauma, respiratory failure, bleeding and sepsis. 

Efficient and quality response to all unplanned, unexpected urgent and emergency situations that need a rapid response  

A barrier and a harbor against violence and abuse 

An organized reaction, response and prevention to disasters and humanitarian crisis 

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