Kim Hansen, Adrian Boyle, Brian Holroyd, Georgina Phillips, Jonathan Benger, Lucas B Chartier, Fiona Lecky, Samuel Vaillancourt, Peter Cameron, Grzegorz Waligora, Lisa Kurland, Melinda Truesdale on behalf of the IFEM Quality and Safety Special Interest Group
In May 2020, IFEM’s Quality and Safety Special Interest Group’s Updated Framework on Quality and Safety in Emergency Medicine was published in the Emergency Medicine Journal.
Objective: Quality and safety of emergency care is critical. Patients rely on emergency medicine (EM) for accessible, timely and high-quality care in addition to providing a ‘safety-net’ function. Demand is increasing, creating resource challenges in all settings. Where EM is well established, this is recognized through the implementation of quality standards and staff training for patient safety. In settings where EM is developing, immense system and patient pressures exist, thereby necessitating the availability of tiered standards appropriate to the local context.