Healthcare workers and healthcare facilities in Ukraine must be protected.

We, the undersigned, and the organisations we represent, are united in concern for healthcare workers, their patients, and healthcare facilities in Ukraine as a result of ongoing hostilities due to the Russian invasion.

As the leading bodies representing emergency medicine healthcare professionals across the world, we strongly condemn the attacks on Ukraine. We strongly condemn all violence aimed at healthcare personnel or healthcare facilities.

IFEM stands with our healthcare colleagues in Ukraine

Statement 25 February 2022
IFEM stands in solidarity with our emergency and healthcare colleagues in Ukraine. We are increasingly concerned at reports of the targeting of health facilities and workers, and strongly condemn any such attacks. IFEM holds that the principles of international humanitarian and human rights law which safeguard medical neutrality in situations of conflict must be respected and upheld.

PACMAN in Sydney Local Health District

Dr Sinéad Ní Bhraonáin
Australia

In Sydney Local Health District, we recognise that coming to an Emergency Department is challenging. People feel unwell and vulnerable. It is a noisy chaotic environment. As a result of this, we set up a distraction trolley for patients coming into our department to try and improve their patient experience and reduce their distress.

CARED programme Ng Teng Fong General Hospital Singapore

Colin Ong
Singapore 

Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in Singapore has rolled out an initiative which puts in place case management protocols to triage cases involving non-COVID positive seniors at its emergency department, so that the seniors receive timely and targeted intervention without hospital admission.  The hospital initiates right-siting case management protocol at emergency department to save beds while keeping seniors safe.

Geriatric Emergency Medicine at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital

Mark Er and David Madzinga
Australia

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital (HKH) is a major metropolitan hospital located on the northern suburbs of Sydney, NSW, Australia. Our Emergency Department sees roughly 43,000 presentations a year, of which about a quarter of these presentations are in patients aged 65 and over. HKH has over forty residential aged care facilities (RACFs) within its catchment area.

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