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 Andrew Lim | Vice Chair
American College of Emergency Physicians
Andrew Lim is an emergency physician and intensivist. He completed residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Washington – Harborview Medical Center, and is finishing critical care fellowship at Stanford University. He is currently involved in critical care education for physicians and nurses in Cambodia and Rwanda, and has previously worked in Thailand, Myanmar, and Tanzania. He is also involved with several projects relating to emergency, trauma and critical care systems development with the World Health Organization department of non-communicable diseases, violence, and injury prevention in Geneva, Switzerland. He earned his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and a masters degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.
Work and achievements
The Group is currently working on a systematic review, entitled “Critical care service delivery across healthcare systems in low- and low-middle income countries“. This project was started in conjunction with the WHO program for acute care, trauma and emergency services (headed by Dr. Teri Reynolds, in the dept. of non-communicable diseases, violence, and injury prevention), the IFEM Critical Care SIG, and other independent leaders in global critical care in order to explore the range of critical care services being delivered across the health system in resource-limited settings.
This project was originally conceived as a scoping review, then evolved to become a systematic review, to serve as a foundation to explore the literature for a white paper appraising the current state of critical care services in low-middle income countries. There are also several subquestions that may form from this review, including how clinical impact is measured, cost/benefit outcomes, and review subsets including paediatric critical care. Currently, the review is in progress and has been submitted for inclusion in the PROSPERO database.
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