Dr. SMKG Nandana K Jayathilake
MBBS, MD, DEUS, DDM
Advancing Emergency Medicine for a Healthier Nation
Managing patients with medical and surgical emergencies is undeniably a challenging task, one that requires our unwavering commitment to enhancing the capabilities of our health sector and empowering our dedicated healthcare professionals.
In the face of ever-evolving medical complexities, it is imperative that we prepare our health sector and staff to meet the challenges head-on. Our mission must include comprehensive training programs for doctors, nurses, and all health personnel involved in emergency care. By investing in the continuous education and skill development of our healthcare workforce, we pave the way for a more resilient and responsive emergency management system.
One key aspect that demands our attention is the Emergency Department's pivotal role in reducing the burden on hospitals. Through strategic interventions and improved protocols, we can minimise unnecessary admissions, ensuring that hospital resources are utilised more efficiently and effectively.
Furthermore, our commitment to emergency management extends beyond hospital walls. The prehospital and retrieval phase is integral to our overall strategy. By optimising this phase, we not only enhance patient outcomes but also contribute significantly to the broader emergency care continuum.
During my tenure, I envision the development of emergency teams that are well-prepared to handle disasters that may arise within our country. Proactive planning, robust training, and strategic resource allocation will be the cornerstones of our approach to ensure that our emergency response teams are at the forefront during times of crisis.
A key initiative that I am passionate about is the establishment of a patient-centred emergency management program. It is high time we shift our focus from institutional-centred management to a patient-centric approach. Waiting for patients to arrive at the hospital should not be the norm. Instead, we must strive to initiate treatment promptly, wherever the patient may be. This proactive approach will undoubtedly result in better patient outcomes and contribute to the overall improvement of our emergency care system.
Lastly, let us recognize the interconnectedness of our endeavours. A well-developed emergency care system not only enhances the health of our nation but also has far-reaching implications, including the potential to positively impact tourism. A robust emergency care infrastructure contributes to the overall perception of our healthcare system, instilling confidence in both residents and visitors alike.
In the spirit of collaboration and progress, I invite all professionals, well-wishers and medical and non-medical administrators in our society to actively participate in these initiatives. Together, we can elevate emergency medicine in our country to new heights, ensuring a healthier, safer, and more resilient nation.
Thank you for your dedication and commitment to advancing emergency medicine.