Emergency medicine, which is also referred to as accident and emergency medicine, is a medical specialty that provides immediate medical and surgical care to acutely ill patients. Emergency physicians are trained in trauma care, advanced cardiac/life support, and management of life-threatening conditions, among others. They often work in hospitals’ 24-hour emergency departments, mobile intensive care units, and air ambulances. Their goals are to manage immediate threats to life and ensure that the patient is in stable condition until another specialist, such as a neurologist or cardiologist, is available to take over.
Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand offer patients, both local and international, the highest level of emergency care. The majority of hospitals in these countries have fully equipped emergency departments that are staffed by highly trained emergency physicians and nurses.
In Singapore, emergency departments are world-class and can compete with hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom. They feature the most advanced diagnostic equipment and modern medical facilities as well as cutting-edge technologies. Their emergency physicians are also highly qualified with many of them graduated from renowned local and international medical schools and had completed additional training in Western countries.
Many hospitals in Thailand and Malaysia also offer advanced emergency care. Patients who want nothing but the best can go to hospitals that are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO). These accreditations mean that the hospitals have the necessary tools, equipment, and manpower to deliver world-class medical and surgical care. Most of these hospitals have dedicated services for foreigners where patients receive the assistance they require such as translation services and assistance with their health insurance. Many emergency physicians practicing in Thailand and Malaysia are also internationally-trained and boast several years of experience.