The Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) is responsible for the training of emergency physicians, and for the advancement of professional standards in emergency medicine, in Australia and New Zealand.
As the peak professional organisation for emergency medicine, ACEM has a vital interest in ensuring that the highest standards of emergency medical care for the community are maintained.
Role of pathology in the Emergency Department
Prompt treatment and high quality medical care is critical to achieving good clinical outcomes for patients in emergency settings. Fast and accurate pathology helps emergency physicians achieve these goals. Pathology Awareness Australia produced a report looking at the economic value of quality pathology testing to the emergency department, specifically in the diagnosis of heart attacks. The findings suggest appropriate pathology could save Australia $167 million per year in this single area alone.
Dr Fergus Kerr
Dr Kerr is the CEO of the Austin hospital and was previously the director of the hospital’s emergency department. He talks about how an emergency department could not run without an efficient pathology lab behind the scenes.