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Emergency departments and the COVID-19 pandemic: making the most of limited resources
  1. Rob Mitchell1,2,3,
  2. Colin Banks3,4
  3. On behalf of authoring working party
  1. 1 Emergency and Trauma Centre, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3 Global Emergency Care Committee, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, West Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  4. 4 Emergency Department, Townsville Hospital and Health Service, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rob Mitchell, Emergency and Trauma Centre, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia; ro.mitchell{at}

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will stretch hospital resources all over the world. EDs in high-income countries are not immune, but those in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) are likely to be impacted more significantly. Emerging data speak to overwhelming demands for care and widespread disruption of hospital functioning.1

In order to support colleagues in resource-limited settings, the Australasian College from Emergency Medicine (ACEM) has developed a free guide for emergency care (EC) clinicians in LMICs preparing for a surge of patients with …

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