1. Introduction

  1. Michael I. Greenberg MD, MPH, FAAEM, FACPM, FACOEM
  1. Jamaes M. Madsen MD, MPH, FCAP, FACOEM1,2

Published Online: 18 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444329629.ch1

Occupational Emergency Medicine

Occupational Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Madsen, J. M. (2011) Introduction, in Occupational Emergency Medicine (ed M. I. Greenberg), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444329629.ch1

Editor Information

  1. Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, USA

  2. 2

    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USA

  1. The views expressed in this chapter are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 11 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405180719

Online ISBN: 9781444329629



  • emergency medicine;
  • occupational medicine;
  • occupational and environmental medicine;
  • occupational health;
  • occupational history


There is a clear interface between emergency medicine and occupational medicine based on the fact that substantial numbers of patients with acute occupationally related illness and injury present to the emergency physician before or instead of consulting an occupational-medicine specialist. Consequently, it is incumbent on the emergency physician not only to be skilled at the diagnosis and treatment of these patients but also to understand the legal, ethical, and technical aspects of the provision of occupational-medicine services to those patients who present to the hospital emergency department. In this respect, occupational emergency medicine can be considered functionally a subspecialty-care area of emergency medicine.