treating refugees in the Emergency Room

The Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa (Canada) has a blog that might be of general interest. The latest post is on treatment of refugees.

In our current political and social climate, refugee health is undoubtedly going to become an increasingly prevalent Emergency Department (ED) issue. In the past few years, Canada has been accepting an average of 25 000 refugees from all over the world each year; now we have taken the same number of refugees from Syria alone in a span of just a few months. So the need right now is huge! Yet, as ER physicians, we get almost no formal training on the subject, and most available resources are targeted at primary care providers, and don’t apply to our practice setting.

Here we will attempt to filter the existing information into a practical framework that is actually applicable to your ER practice. This is intended for refugees in the ED in general, but includes some specific recommendations for the Syrian refugee population.


Thara Kumar, “Refugee Health: A Framework for Emergency Physicians“, EMOttawa, 24 March 2016.

The blog continues at the link above. Dr. Thara Kumar is a 3rd year Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Ottawa.

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