This White Paper is the product of the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group (GEMSIG) of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM). It highlights that older people are the fastest growing demographic in most countries; that they access emergency services for many different reasons; and that it is essential to consider their multiple needs when developing emergency care systems.
Emergency Department (ED) crowding and access block represent potentially the greatest threats to the core mission of emergency care across the world. The problem is pervasive, massive in scale, and amounts to a public health emergency with potentially lethal consequences. At its core, crowding and access block overwhelm ED resources and prevent the delivery of timely and effective care for patients.
Executive summary of the White paper:
This White Paper has been produced by the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM) Trauma Special Interest Group (SIG) in order to provide a framework for the assessment and development of Trauma systems. This paper is based on best current international evidence which shows that well developed Trauma Systems improve patient outcomes.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has established as Rule 28: “Medical units exclusively assigned to medical purposes must be respected and protected in all circumstances.”