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Is it OK to close emergency departments?
Many emergency physicians would be very concerned by any talk about closing Emergency Departments (EDs). We may have experienced it in our own regions, and we may have our own opinions about its impact on patient care. In this issue, Knowles et al have studied the real-world impact of closing five EDs in England on patient mortality. Read the full paper for details, but the bottom line is that they found no impact on patient mortality. Does this mean that the government should have the green light to close more EDs? Or is there more to the story than this? To read more about this very important topic for emergency physicians, make sure you not only consult with the original research article by Knowles et al but also the associated commentary by Dr Cliff Mann, the National Clinical Advisor for A&E (Emergency Medicine) at NHS England.
Basic life support on the X-box?
What makes training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) most effective? In this issue, …
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