Essential Emergency and Critical Care

31 October, 2018

Dear HIFA members,

A new global concept of Essential Emergency and Critical Care has just been published in the journal Critical Care: Schell et al. Critical Care (2018) 22:284. Link:

The article's abstract:

Critical illness results in millions of deaths each year. Care for those with critical illness is often neglected, due to a lack of prioritisation, coordination and coverage of timely identification and basic life-saving treatments. To improve care, we propose a new focus on Essential Emergency and Critical Care - care that all critically ill patients should receive in all hospitals in the world. Essential Emergency and Critical Care should be part of universal health coverage, is appropriate for all countries in the world and is intended for patients irrespective of age, gender, underlying diagnosis, medical specialty or location in the hospital. Essential Emergency and Critical Care is pragmatic and low-cost and has the potential to improve care and substantially reduce preventable mortality.



HIFA profile: Tim Baker is a Researcher and Medical Doctor in Critical Care and Anaesthesia at College of Medicine and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi and at Karolinska Institute and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. He has previously worked in Tanzania and has been involved in global health systems research for 15 years. He is the founder of the Life Support Foundation that aims to improve the care of critically ill patients where resources are scarce. tim AT