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Optimizing the Use of a Precious Resource: The Role of Emergency Physicians in a Humanitarian Crisis


Emergency physicians (EP) are uniquely suited to provide care in crises as a result of their broadtraining, ability to work quickly and effectively in high-pressure, austere settings, and their inherentflexibility. While emergency medicine training is helpful to support the needs of crisis-affected anddisplaced populations, it is not in itself sufficient. In this article we review what an EP should carefullyconsider prior to deployment.

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