Having studied Emergency Medicine,
Dr. Dugal has been trained
to work in the emergency rooms within hospitals, serving as the first physician to diagnose and treat critically ill or injured patients. Care is usually limited to stabilizing patients with life-threatening injuries and performing life-saving procedures.
Emergency medicine physicians can be found in hospitals and clinics, usually providing care in emergency rooms or similar clinical settings. Physicians that practice emergency medicine employ a vast medical knowledge and are capable of diagnosing and treating a very wide range of injuries and diseases. Physicians working in the emergency room play a vital role in stabilizing and resuscitating patients that are in critical or life-threatening condition.
Generally, the extent of care from these physicians will end after stabilization or resuscitation of a patient. Once stabilized, the physician will usually send the patient to the appropriate setting, such as the intensive care unit (ICU), for further monitoring or treatment.
Aside from being present in the emergency rooms throughout hospitals, physicians practicing emergency medicine may also be found in ICUs alongside critical care specialists or in urgent care clinics. Additionally, these physicians may also be found in ambulances or medical evacuation helicopters, helping to stabilize patients and ensuring a safe trip to the destination.