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Journal:   ADVANCED JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE   2018 , Volume 2 , Number 2; Page(s) 0 To 0.
 
Paper: 

GOOD INTERDEPARTMENTAL RELATIONSHIPS: THE FOUNDATIONS OF A SOLID EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT (EDITORIAL)

 
 
Author(s):  EDWARDS FRANK J.*
 
* EMERGENCY MEDICINE RESIDENCY, ARNOT OGDEN MEDICAL CENTER, ELMIRA, NEW YORK, USA
 
Abstract: 

"No man is an island" said the English poet, John Donne, and nowhere can that statement be better appreciated than in a modern emergency department (ED). As emergency physicians, we work in the setting of a close knit team involving nurses, technicians, consultants, clerks, security guards and many more. On a macroscopic level as well, the ED itself needs productive relationships with every other department in the hospital. Back when the ED was staffed by physicians-in-training, general practitioners and moonlighting specialists, the care of patients was jealously divided between the long-entrenched traditional specialties. Anesthesiologists handled difficult airways; Surgeons took care of trauma; Radiologists did the ultrasounds and read all the films, and so forth. Emergency medicine—a specialty that encompassed parts of many disciplines-was initially met with skepticism and resistance from the traditional fields...

 
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