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"The ER Committee" is a section of The Japanese Association for Acute Medicine (JAAM) that is the closest organization to American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in Japan and has been working to develop and promote "ER Style" or US/UK/Aus/Can-style Emergency Medicine in Japan since 2003.

Historically, the emphasis of Emergency/Acute care delivery in Japan has been on the most critically ill or injured. The system was developed to better utilize resources and paramedics by triaging the patients depending on the severity of the condition to different Facilities. But it has been recognized that seemingly low acuity patients sometimes turned out to have serious conditions as well. It has also been recognized that patient diversion happens for reasons somewhat different from what you see in the US (lack of "appropriate Physician" rather than overwhelmed ED) and seems to happen more often in large metropolitan areas in Japan. This has become one of the major focuses on Japanese Health Care Reform. The hope is that "ER style" would solve or at least alleviate some of these problems in Japan.

This web site is to provide information on the development of "ER style" in Japan. "The ER Committee" invites you to contact us with any questions or comments.

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