Closing gaps in emergency surgical care

Emergency surgical care in the US health system has in the past considered the roles of the hospitalist and surgicalist. Both relate to the care of in-patients, though a surgicalist is a highly trained, board-certified surgeon who provides emergency surgical care within a dedicated hospital setting.

Dr Lynette Scherer In conversation with Mike Lesner talks about trauma being the leading cause of death for under 40 year olds in
the US, giving rise to the need to deliver trauma care earlier and more efficiently.

As a trauma surgeon and CEO of Surgical Affiliates Management Group, Inc (or known as SAMGI), Dr Scherer’s organisation addresses variations and gaps in emergency surgical care. The work has led to improvements in care, financial performance of hospitals and clinician satisfaction levels.

The universal nature of the SAMGI emergency surgical services model, has been successful across the US with potential for health systems in other countries to also adopt.

In concluding the talk, Dr Scherer discusses the key roles and activities in implementing and getting acceptance on a new emergency surgery care model. This includes benefits for the patient, hospital and surgeon.

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