238 Correspondence critical patients by any single specialty. In particular, to seek collaboration in an appropriate and time-sensitive Emergency Medicine does not aspire to monopolise way, to increase the efﬁcacy and efﬁciency of the system. emergency medical care and welcomes collaboration There is no space nor intention for monopolisation but with, and the expertise of, colleagues in a range of indeed an intent to collaborate to give the best possible specialties during those crucial ﬁrst hours. The Emer- care to patients. gency Department is neither an ICU, nor an operating theatre or an angiography suite. Critical patients should Acknowledgements relating to this article Assistance with the letter: none. be transferred to the most appropriate unit where they can receive the optimal care required for any given Financial support and sponsorship: none. situation. Conﬂicts of interest: all authors are involved in developing Emer- gency Medicine in Europe. Establishing the underlying diagnosis is a crucial aspect of the management of critical patients. The longitudinal care systems that the authors refer to suit patients with References clear-cut diagnoses and no complicating, coexisting con- 1DeRobertisE,Bo ¨ ttiger BW, Soreide E, et al. The monopolisation of emergency medicine in Europe: the ﬂipside of the
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