The Tip of the Spear: Emergency Medicine and Missouri's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Christopher Sampson, Stephen Y. Liang

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The COVID-19 pandemic provided the specialty of emergency medicine the opportunity to showcase what many knew all along: emergency physicians (EP) are well suited to deal with the unknown and can quickly adapt even with incomplete or limited information and resources. Emergency physicians in Missouri served in integral positions locally, nationally and internationally. Missouri EPs published numerous manuscripts on topics from basic science to clinical care. Device innovation also occurred with the development of protective devices for health care workers. As we approach the three-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, the burden of clinical care still weighs heavily on EPs. Each wave of the pandemic has brought challenges and spurred EPs to innovate in new ways. As Michigan EP Brian Zink, MD once said "Anyone, Anything, Anytime". These words correctly sum up emergency medicine. When others hesitated to care for COVID-19 patients, EPs stepped up despite uncertainty and risks to their own health. Emergency medicine has led the way and continues to innovate and push the envelope of emergency care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-436
Number of pages5
JournalMissouri Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022


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