United Family Healthcare (UFH) has been a pioneer in providing comprehensive international standard emergency medical care in China. The Center for Disaster and Emergency Medicine Education (CDEME) was founded by UFH in December 2012 to further expand our expertise in emergency medical care in the UFH network and China. CDEME is the first center of its kind that is funded by a private healthcare organization in China.

Definition of Emergency Medicine
Emergency medicine is the medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of unforeseen illness or injury. It encompasses a unique body of knowledge as set forth in the “Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine.” The practice of emergency medicine includes the initial evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and disposition of any patient requiring expeditious medical, surgical, or psychiatric care. Emergency medicine may be practiced in a hospital-based or freestanding emergency department (ED), in an urgent care clinic, in an emergency medical response vehicle or at a disaster site.
Emergency medicine professionals provide valuable clinical and administrative services to the emergency department and other sectors of the health care delivery system. These may include and are not limited to:

  • The coordination of out-of-hospital emergency medical response
  • Out-of-hospital medical control system authorization and oversight
  • Participating in community disaster preparedness
  • Emergency department leadership and medical direction
  • Active participation in the direction of the emergency department patient intake process
  • Active participation in the approval of emergency department equipment and physical plant
  • Active participation in the planning of emergency department staffing levels
  • Active participation in approval of emergency department policies and procedures
  • Active participation in the emergency department budgetary process
  • Participation in emergency department staff continuing education
  • Oversight and direction of emergency department patient disposition
  • The coordination of emergency department patient care among multiple providers and healthcare facilities