Critical Care in Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group
Role of the Critical Care in Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group:
An aging population, an increase in traumatic injuries and improvements in chronic conditions that allow patients to live longer despite complications at late stages will continue to increase the need for emergency and critical care services. The aim of the Critical Care in Emergency Medicine special interest group is to examine the continuum of care for critically ill patients from incidence of the illness or injury to stabilization and discharge from the intensive care unit by bringing together physicians interested in the development and improvement of care for the critically ill in both, resource-rich and resource-poor settings.
Objectives of the group:
- To provide a forum for networking among clinicians, educators, and researchers interested in further development of the intersection between Critical Care and Emergency Medicine
- To build internationally accepted guidance for developing acute care systems in low resource settings that improve the chain of survival
- To collaborate to help identify the greatest barriers to creation or improvement of critical care emergency medicine around the world
- To work towards developing a globally accessible critical care emergency medicine curriculum that is open access and easily available in hard to reach places
- To promote collaborate research amongst individual with interests in critical care emergency medicine and global health care development
Dr Lia Losonczy | Chair
American College of Emergency Physicians
Lia Losonczy is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesia & Critical Care Medicine at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., USA. She attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for her M.D., as well as her Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.). She then went on to complete her residency in Emergency Medicine at the public trauma hospital in Oakland, California, USA followed by a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Maryland/Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore USA. She has focused on early critical care services in low resource settings working with physicians in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) and is currently the chair of the special interest group in IFEM on emergency medicine critical care focus on early critical care services within LMICs. Her other areas of interest include health inequities, social determinants of health, and interpersonal violence.
Dr Adam Laytin | Vice Chair
American College of Emergency Physicians
Dr Adam Laytin is an assistant professor of an Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include surgical critical care and emergency medicine.
Dr Laytin completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University and earned his M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also completed a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of California Berkeley. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and his fellowship in surgical critical care at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Laytin’s research interests include injury epidemiology, injury prevention and trauma care, as well as emerging emergency medicine, critical care and trauma systems in low- and middle-income countries. He has studied social determinants of health in immigrant communities in Israel as a Fulbright scholar, and injury epidemiology and trauma care in Ethiopia as a Fogarty scholar.
Work and achievements
White Paper on Early Critical Care Services in Low-Resource Settings in Low-and-Middle income Countries.
Critical Care in Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group for their White Paper on Early Critical Care Services in Low-Resource Settings in Low-and-Middle income Countries.
This White Paper was submitted by a multi-specialty group of intensivists and emergency medicine providers from Low and Low Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) and High-Income Countries (HIC) with the aim of:
1) Defining the current state of caring for the critically ill in Low-Resource Settings (LRS) within LMICs.
2) Highlighting policy options and recommendations for improving the system level delivery of early critical care services in LRS.
Low and Low Middle-Income Countries (LMIC) have a high burden of critical illness and worse patient outcomes than HIC, hence, the focus of this White Paper is on the care of critically ill patients in the early stages of presentation in LMIC settings. In such settings, the provision of early critical care is challenged by a fragmented health system, costs, a health care workforce with limited training, and competing healthcare priorities.
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