May 2013 - Internet Resources Digest


Emergency medicine resources

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May 2013  

Spotlight on: Emergency Medicine Resources

Spotlight on: Emergency medicine resources

Emergency medicine is a medical specialty in which physicians care for patients with acute illnesses or injuries which require immediate medical attention. Emergency medicine physicians diagnose a variety of illnesses and undertake acute interventions to resuscitate and stabilize patients.

Professional Organizations

AFEMAfrican Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM)

The AFEM acts as a formative, “umbrella” organization for all the existing and future African National EM Societies. AFEM accepts as full members and/or member societies other health professionals and health professional societies, including EM nursing, EMT’s and paramedics, in recognition of the multi-lateral, multi-disciplinary, multi professional nature of emergency medicine and acute care.

WADEMThe World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine

The World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine is a non-operational, non-governmental, multidisciplinary organization whose mission is the global improvement of prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness.

The organization exists to foster international collaboration in the application of knowledge gained from data collected through qualitative and quantitative research to develop strategies aimed at promoting all aspects of human health, decreasing susceptibility, and increasing resilience to future health disasters and emergencies.

WADEM produces its own international, peer -reviewed journal, Pre-hospital and Disaster Medicine, sponsors biennial World Congresses, and supports regional conferences of its affiliated societies and partner organizations. On the web-site you can find: publications, news and events, and links to other web-based resources.

EMSSAEmergency Medicine Society of South Africa

EMSSA represents a group of healthcare professionals dedicated to the development of quality emergency care throughout South Africa. The website includes: guidelines, news, events, and newsletters.

Training Resources

Life in the FastLaneLife in the FastLane

LITFL is a medical blog and website dedicated to providing online emergency medicine and critical care insights and education for everyone. Clinical video collections for use primarily by doctors and trainees in emergency medicine and intensive care medicine

Podcasts for EM and CC

Medscape. Emergency Medicine

Medscape from WebMD offers specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals the Web's most robust and integrated medical information and educational tools. After a simple, 1-time, free registration, Medscape from WebMD automatically delivers to you a personalized specialty site that best fits your registration profile. Some of the key features of Medscape from WebMD are:

  • Original, professional medical content, including review articles, journal commentary, expert columns, patient education articles, book reviews, and more;
  • Conference Coverage: Thought leaders summarize key data and presentations from major medical meetings;
  • Free subscription to Medscape's Med- Pulse, a weekly email newsletter that highlights what's new in your specialty on Medscape from WebMD;
  • More than 125 medical journals and textbooks.

Emergency Medicine links
From McGill University.


BMC Emergency Medicine

BMC Emergency Medicine is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of emergency medicine, trauma, and pre-hospital care. It is journal policy to publish work deemed by peer reviewers to be a coherent and sound addition to scientific knowledge and to put less emphasis on interest levels, provided that the research constitutes a useful contribution to the field.

Emergency Medicine JournalEmergency Medicine Journal (EMJ)

EMJ is an international peer review journal covering prehospital and hospital emergency medicine, and critical care. The journal publishes original research, reviews and evidence based articles on resuscitation, major trauma, minor injuries, acute cardiology, acute paediatrics, toxicology, toxinology, disasters, medical imaging, audit, teaching and reflections on clinical practice. The journal is aimed at doctors, nurses, paramedics and ambulance staff.

Selected articles are in open access. Access to full-text through HINARI

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine: The Practice Journal for Emergency Physicians is a monthly journal for emergency physicians and physicians working in urgent care settings. It's mission is to provide readers with practical, hands-on clinical information that is directly relevant to emergency and urgent care practice. Free access to selected content.

Annals of Emergency MedicineAnnals of Emergency Medicine

The official journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians, an international, peer - reviewed journal dedicated to improving the quality of care by publishing the highest quality science for emergency medicine and related medical specialties.

Annals publishes original research, clinical reports, opinion, and educational information related to the practice, teaching, and research of emergency medicine. In addition to general emergency medicine topics, Annals regularly publishes articles on out-of-hospital emergency medical services, pediatric emergency medicine, injury and disease prevention, health policy and ethics, disaster management, toxicology, and related topics.

After registering free account you can get access to selected full-text articles. Access to all full-text through HINARI. Emergency medicine

Collection of links to Emergency Medicine Journals

EBM Resources


The Best Evidence Topic reports (BETs) were developed in the Emergency Department of Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK, to provide rapid evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions, using a systematic approach to reviewing the literature.

BETs take into account the shortcomings of much current evidence, allowing physicians to make the best of what there is. Each Topic answers a carefully worded 3- part question, using a structured approach to finding and reviewing the literature. BETs are designed specifically for Emergency Medicine.

Although BETs initially had an emergency medicine focus, there are a significant number of BETs covering cardiothoracics, nursing, primary care and paediatrics.

Cochrane Pre-hospital and Emergency Care (PEC) Field

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international, non-profit, independent organization established to help people make wellinformed decisions about health care. EBM Resources The PEC Field acts as a liaison point between the Cochrane Collaboration and the pre-hospital and emergency health care providers, policy-makers, patients and their caregivers. The primary goal of the Field is to promote the preparation, dissemination and use of systematic reviews of all prehospital and emergency health care interventions.

Online Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (EBEM)

An online series of articles regarding the basics and application of EBM to emergency medical patient care.

AIHA Internet Resources Digest Forthcoming Topics [Provisional]
  • Telemedicine
  • Open Access Initiatives
  • Resources on Pediatrics
  • Patient Information Services

AIHA Related Resources

First Responder EMS Curriculum for Training Centers in Eurasia: Instructor Manual

Instructor's manual. This curriculum is the result of AIHA’s efforts to address the need expressed by the Emergency Medical Services Training Centers (EMSTCs) for a curriculum more specifically tailored to non-medical personnel. ResourceLibrary/Products/Curricula/pdf/EDM/First%20Responder%20Instruct%20EN.pdf

First Responder EMS Curriculum for Training Centers in Eurasia: Student Manual

Student's manual. This curriculum is the result of AIHA’s efforts to address the need expressed by the Emergency Medical Services Training Centers (EMSTCs) for a curriculum more specifically tailored to nonmedical personnel, such as police and firefighters, who are often the first ones on the scene of an accident, medical emergency, or disaster. EDM/First%20Responder%20Student%

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