This year the Emergency Medicine Day campaign is dedicated to safety. Safety for our patients, who need care, attention and relief from pain and disease. Safety for our colleagues, who need to be able to work in a secure environment, for the right number of hours with the right number of patients in order to be able to give them the right amount of our time and energy.
Only in these conditions are we sure to provide the patient with a safe haven in an emergency.
In the past, EM personnel, doctors, nurses and paramedics, were able to manage a prolonged disaster like the pandemic, using the strength that comes in an exceptional situation and the hope that everything will end. The pandemic is past but the working conditions have not improved. In last year’s campaign, we demonstrated how the risk of burn out is high among EM workforce and how the idea of giving up is creeping in.
Now we have learned that the patients and ourselves need to be allied with one voice to ask for more safety for all. We want to go on taking care of our patients, it is our job and our mission, but we want to do it with the necessary calm that they deserve.
It is time for action. We are asking to raise your voice, whether you are an EM professional or a patient, and communicate what is needed to the managers and administrators.
We are asking for your pictures, your statements, your testimonies.
For professionals: we want to know how your workplace and your environment feels to you. Do you feel safe and protected, and respected as a person?
For patients: We want to know if you feel safe when you need to go to the ED and what is important for you
Let us join together on 27 May this year to highlight better safety in the Emergency Medical System!
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Petrino R, Castrillo LG, Yilmaz B, Dodt C, Tuunainen E, Khoury A; Emergency Medicine Day working group. Policy statement on minimal standards for safe working conditions in Emergency Medicine. Eur J Emerg Med. 2022 Dec 1;29(6):389-390. doi: 10.1097/MEJ.0000000000000985. PMID: 36243015.