Faced with unique challenges of providing appropriate and adequate medical care in rural areas, members of the Section of Rural Emergency Medicine develop and share information related to issues such as pre-hospital, initial primary hospital, and tertiary hospital care of rural emergency patients. The section serves not only as a communications vehicle, but also as a database of relevant literature, education, and research.
You can get involved and join this section by clicking here.
Want to tap the expertise of your Rural EM colleagues? This members-only community is the ideal place for networking, exchanging ideas and collaboration. There are 2 easy ways to participate:
1) Log on to https://engaged.acep.org/home using your ACEP web credentials, select the Rural Emergency Medicine Section community and start a new discussion thread.
2) Send an email to the community. The address is: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about engagED. Email Community Manager, Kelly Peasley.
An Information Paper
It is estimated that approximately 42% of American emergency departments (EDs) are located in rural counties and that these rural EDs see around 17% of all ED visits.1 Many rural populations are older, sicker, poorer, and often more medically vulnerable than urban counterparts. Additionally, longer transport times to rural EDs can potentially delay access to ED care for time-sensitive conditions. As the economics of the United States healthcare system evolve, increasing numbers of rural hospitals are closing which may further jeopardize the medical safety-net of rural America.
Originally approved June 2017
Rural emergency medicine is urgent or emergent medicine practiced in geographic areas with low population densities and resource constraints, including ready access to more specialized care facilities. Rural emergency departments provide critical services for their communities, including facilitating earlier evaluation and entry into the healthcare system, stabilization and initiation of treatment, and coordinated transfer to a tertiary care facility.
Rural Section members may send an email to all members of this section via the section's engagED community: mailto:email@example.com
For inquiries, questions, or comments about the section, please send an email to the staff liaison.