Emergency response teams’ readiness must be top priority

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THE preparedness of emergency response teams during national disasters or other emergency cases should be effective and made top priority for every emergency service as this can enhance the quality of life for those even under the most extreme conditions.

This was highlighted by the Minister of Health yesterday during the opening of the First National Emergency Medicine Symposium held at the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Belait themed "Collaboration with Accident and Emergency Unit".

Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman emphasised that emergency services departments play a crucial role in managing acute illnesses and injuries that has slipped through the preventative safety net as their main function in emergency medical care is to stabilise patients who have life-threatening or limb-threatening injury or illnesses.

In contrast to preventative medicine or primary care, emergency medical care focuses on the provision of immediate or urgent medical interventions and includes medical decision-making and the actions necessary to prevent avoidable death or disability because of time-critical health problems, irrespective of the patient's age, gender, location or condition, said the minister.

Medical emergencies are time sensitive, said Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi, because the longer the time that elapses before recognition and treatment, the greater the likelihood of morbidity, mortality or disability.

He made these comments with regards to the medical services response in times of disasters and the management of their efforts to fully support the National Disaster Management Centre in emergency response cases. The symposium involved talks from various experts throughout the medical profession and how to respond to patients' needs.

The Brunei Times