Management of patients with suspected COVID-19 in European EDs; an EUSEM Research Network study

Best practice in the management of COVID-19 patients is still changing, and the management of infected patients in the emergency department (ED) presents distinct problems as compared to other specialties. Now, emergency medicine researchers from across Europe have found that patients who were admitted to the ED and had a confirmed COVID-19 infection were in a more critical clinical situation than those who had a suspected COVID-19 infection that was not confirmed subsequently. The study1, the first on this scale in Europe to examine this issue from the emergency physicians’ point of view, was carried out by members of the EUSEM Research Network2 and published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine.



This year the Emergency Medicine Day campaign is dedicated to safety. Safety for our patients, who need care, attention and relief from pain and disease. Safety for our colleagues, who need to be able to work in a secure environment, for the right number of hours with the right number of patients in order to be able to give them the right amount of our time and energy.
Only in these conditions are we sure to provide the patient with a safe haven in an emergency.


We strongly believe it is of the utmost importance that we can provide concrete data to the relevant stakeholders to reflect our distress and how this can threaten our safety and that of our patients.

We therefore would like to invite you to respond to the following 40 questions, based on a validated survey, about the safety of emergency care in your ED. We hope you can support the EM-Day with 10 minutes of your time.

In parallel to this survey we are sending a questionnaire to patients’ organisation and to individual patients, with the hope that the results of the three surveys will describe the situation in an unequivocal way.

The results of these surveys will be published on the EM day and will be circulated to media and politicians.

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