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Hoping for a domino effect: a new specialty in Sweden is a breath of fresh air for the development of Scandinavian emergency medicine

Peter Hallas1*, Ulf Ekelund2, Lars Petter Bjørnsen34 and Mikkel Brabrand5

Author Affiliations

1 Højdevangs Allé 9, st, Copenhagen, S, DK-2300 , Denmark

2 Department of Emergency Medicine, Skåne University Hospital at Lund, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

3 Emergency Department, Clinic of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, St. Olav’s Hospital-Trondheim University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway

4 Norwegian Society for Emergency Medicine, Trondheim, Norway

5 Department of Emergency Medicine, Sydvestjysk Sygehus Esbjerg, Finsensgade 35, Esbjerg, DK-6700, Denmark

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Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 2013, 21:26  doi:10.1186/1757-7241-21-26

Published: 11 April 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

Friday the 6th of July, 2012, was a great day for emergency medicine (EM) in Scandinavia: As the first in Scandinavia, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) announced that emergency medicine (Akutsjukvård) will become a primary medical specialty in Sweden. This is a great leap forward for emergency care in Scandinavia and should be celebrated.