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Department of Emergency Medicine

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Emergency Medicine | Health and Medical Administration | Health Policy | Health Services Administration | Infectious Disease | Virus Diseases


Recent news stories have explicitly stated that patients with symptoms of COVID-19 were "turned away" from emergency departments. This commentary addresses these serious allegations, with an attempt to provide the perspective of academic emergency departments (EDs) around the Nation. The overarching point we wish to make is that academic EDs never deny emergency care to any person.


COVID-19, emergency care, academic emergency departments

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© 2020. This is a PDF file of an accepted manuscript that has been accepted for publication and posted with a 12-month embargo as allowed by the publisher’s author rights policy at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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Kline JA, Burton JH, Carpenter CR, Meisel ZF, Miner JR, Newgard CD, Quest T, Martin IBK, Holmes JF Jr, Kaji AH, Bird SB, Coates WC, Lall MD, Mills AM, Ranney ML, Wolfe RE, Dorner SC. Unconditional care in academic emergency departments. Acad Emerg Med. 2020 May 14. doi: 10.1111/acem.14010. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32407561. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine


Full author list omitted for brevity. For the full list of authors, see article.

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