Despite having a significant burden of acute illness and injury, Pakistan has a rudimentary emergency care system. Currently, most of the Emergency Departments in the country are staffed by health providers with minimal or no training in the care of acute, critical and traumatic conditions, resulting in avoidable poor patient outcomes and patient suffering.
Ideally, emergency clinical care should be provided by residency-trained specialist physicians. However, there is currently an extreme dearth of such physicians in Pakistan, and it will require a generation, at least, to train a cohort to meet the nation’s needs. An intermediate solution, the aim of CPEM, is to train medical officers and residents to better manage the initial triage and stabilization of patients with varying medical, surgical and traumatic conditions.