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The Department of Emergency Medicine of the Samsung Medical Center provides prompt, accurate treatmentaround the clock for all types of diseases that require immediate attentionthatcan occur anywhere and at any time. Since the start of the emergency medicine specialist system in Korea in 1996, we have consistently trained emergency medicine specialists. The emergency room of the SMC is visited by more than 70,000 patients each year and is evaluated as providing high-quality emergency care in an emergency response institution assessment based on the information available on the National Emergency Department Information System (NEDIS).

Major areas of treatment / Clinics

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation),major trauma, and diverse internal medicinal and surgical emergency diseases

Strong points

We have centers attending exclusively to patients experiencing chest pain and strokes within the emergency room to treat acute myocardial infarction and acute stroke the most quickly. We also activelyperform hypothermia for cardiac arrest cases, which has brought out the best recuperation results of patients with cardiac arrest before hospital in Korea. With extensive investments in the emergency room,whichcannot but be operated at a deficit due to the domestic conditions, we have made new treatment environments. The emergency room,whichwas crowded like a marketplace,has been changed into a smart emergency room with an investment of 10 billion won, and the available area has beed expanded two times. In addition, treatment areas were departmentalized according to patients’ symptoms so that a new emergency room model that has not been seenin domestic hospitals before was born.
The emergency room of the Samsung Medical Center implements a “1+1+1”strategy, which is a system in which each (1) of the patients that visit the emergency room is provided with one (1)-stop treatment services by specialists in varioustreatment areas, including emergency medicinespecialists, to complete all decisions, including treatment plans after initial diagnoses,within one (1) hour.
In addition, we operate a team for transportation outside the hospital and Korea's one-of-a-kind emergencyhelicopter, in which treatement for critical patients is possible, to transport patients from anywhere in Korea safely and quickly. Also, since 2008, we have used our clinical simulation center to provideCPRtraining according to the standard of the American Heart Association to all hospital staff, community members, and medical experts. Through this, patients with cardiac arrest in and out of the hospital are quickly treated and the prognosis is improved.

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Patients' Rights and Responsibilities

Patients' Rights

1. Right to receive medical care

Patients have the right to receive proper medical and nursing services for their Health Protection and Promotion and they will not be discriminated for gender, age, religion, status, nationality, language, race, or physical/mental/financial circumstances nor be violated of their health. Medical team may not deny medical care without justifiable reason.

2. Right to be informed & autonomous decision

Patients have the right to receive be well-informed and to inquire in detail about the treating physician’s specialty, status of their disease, purpose of the treatment, treatment plan, method, expected results and side effects of the treatment, discharge plan, medical cost, whether or not they are a subject to medical research, organ transplant/donation and etc, and to decide whether to give consent. Patients may stop or deny specific treatment or planned medical care within the ethical guideline and may decide on an alternative treatment.

3. Right to have confidentiality

Patients will not be violated of their rights to confidentiality regarding their physical/health status and privacy. Medical team and facility may not reveal or announce patient’s confidential information, including personal information, unless patient has gives consent or specified in the law, such as criminal investigation.

4. Right to request for consultation and mediation

Patients may request for consultation and mediation from an internal or external agency (Korea Consumer Agency, Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency) in the event of any medical dispute.

5. Right to be respected of values or beliefs

Patients will not be discriminated for their culture, religious values or beliefs, and their rights will not be violated.

6. Right to be physically protected and to have stability of mind and bod

Patients have the right to be protected from possible danger in the hospital and to have the stability of mind and body.

Patients’Responsibilities

1. Responsible to trust and respect the medical team

Patients must accurately inform the medical team of their health condition, trust and respect the medical team’s treatment plan. Patients may be responsible for consequences which results from not following the instruction.

2. Responsible to not use dishonest method for medical treatment

Patients must reveal their identity before receiving any medical care and must not use false or dishonest method, such as receiving medical case under disguised ownership.

3. Responsible to abide by all hospital regulations

Patients must abide by all hospital regulations, respect hospital staff and other patients, and earnestly fulfill the financial obligation to the hospital.