[Life-threatening emergencies at the office: implications for medical education and equipment of the primary care physician].

Title[Life-threatening emergencies at the office: implications for medical education and equipment of the primary care physician].
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsPotin, M, Pittet, V, Staeger, P, Vallotton, L, Burnand, B, Yersin, B
JournalRev Med Suisse
Volume4
Issue167
Pagination1768-72
Date Published2008 Aug 20
ISSN1660-9379
KeywordsEmergency Medicine, Emergency Treatment, Humans, Physicians' Offices, Physicians, Family
Abstract

Every medical practitioner is confronted on a daily basis with emergencies. Among these, life-threatening emergencies can have disastrous consequences in term of morbidity and mortality; 22 cardiac arrests and 10 deaths were reported among the 1,650 Swiss practices during a 5 year period. The occurrence of life-threatening emergencies at the office necessitates, according to the type and place of the practice, the skills of the practitioner and the organization of his practice, the implementation of procedures, equipments (for example room equipped with a defibrillator, respiratory nebulizer, splints, emergency drugs) and specific continuous education programs that should be encouraged and made available to the whole medical corporation.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18800756?dopt=Abstract

Alternate JournalRev Med Suisse
Citation Key / SERVAL ID2687
PubMed ID18800756

                         

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