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During a pandemic, EDs in large regional centres operate like urban EDs in most respects. Smaller rural emergency facilities face three additional problems: a smaller pool of resources; delays in replenishing resources; and lower community health literacy contributing to late patient presentations. The principles of pandemic care are the same in these emergency facilities but implementation may have to be modified.

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