Since 1991, the Department of Emergency Medicine represents one of the primary contact points for the Viennese Municipal Ambulances and the Viennese population in terms of medical emergencies. Outside of regular clinic hours physicians of the department and medical consultants from many academic disciplines take care of self admitting or hospitalized patients. The identification of potentially life-threatening diseases, rapid diagnosis and effective treatment challenge the team of the department on a daily basis. Goals of treatment are rapid subjective well-being, a quick and correct diagnosis and effective treatment
In the field of research our focus lies in the field of resuscitation research, the treatment and the complications of myocardial infarction and pulmonary embolism. Over 550 publications in peer-reviewed journals have been published by the department since 1991.
In research, the Univ. Department of Emergency Medicine in the World Class League:
In April 2017, the Center for World University Rankings, which was established in Saudi Arabia, surveyed the universities´performance in 227 different disciplines and listed the universities according to the number of top ten places. The data were collected by Clarivate Analytics, which took over the Web of Science database at the end of 2016. The Med. Univ. Vienna is represented in this rank list with two top ten placements, one of which is emergency medicine at eight place.
Teaching is a further key element of our work: every year medical students are taught in several lectures and exercises in the techniques of first aid, basic and advanced life support. Training in basic resuscitation for all employees of the Vienna General Hospital is also provided by our department.