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EC Community May 2013

This page outlines some of the key activities of the G-I-N EC Community. Please contact the Emergency care Co-ordinator Sue Huckson at


In 2011 IFEM and Guideline International Network (G-I-N) signed a partnership agreement to work together through the G-I-N Emergency Care Community special interest group to:

  • identify clinical priority areas/topics where there is an evidence practice gap within the emergency care sector or interface (acknowledging that primary care services are also provided in some regions at this point)
  • identify relevant guidelines and assess their quality using AGREE – engaging the clinical community more broadly to be involved in this activity (this exercise will also identify gaps where guidelines might be required)
  • develop recommendations appropriate for implementation
  • undertake small pilot projects to test implementation of recommendations.

Project Update:

  • A survey of the 50 IFEM member organisations to identify their clinical priority areas and the guidelines used identified five clinical priority areas : 1)the management of Sepsis, 2)Acute Coronary Syndrome, 3)Procedural Sedation, 4)Head Injury and 5)Pain. The management of Sepsis has been selected as the first topic for the project.
  • A search of data bases for Sepsis guidelines has been undertaken. The guidelines selected for review are:
    • Recommendations for sepsis management in resource-limited settings 2012
    • WHO Clinical management of adult patients with complications of pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009
    • Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2012
  • Through an invitation to the emergency care networks the guidelines above were appraised using the on line AGREE tool.

Next Steps

  • Working with IFEM to identify potential sites to participate in reviewing and adapting recommendations
  • Working with local clinicians to develop a framework for Implementation

If you are interested in being part of this project please contact Sue Huckson at

International Survey of Emergency Care Practitioners

A survey was undertaken in December 2010 to identify the preferred attributes and formats of guidelines to improve the usability and uptake of evidence based recommendations.

Page last updated: Dec 05, 2013
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