Department of Emergency Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark
Received: 05-May-2022, Manuscript No. JHCP-22- 62911; Editor assigned: 09- May-2022, Pre QC No. JHCP- 22-62911(PQ); Reviewed: 26- May-2022, QC No. JHCP-22- 62911; Accepted: 03-Jun- 2022, Manuscript No. JHCP- 22-62911 (A); Published: 10- Jun-2022, DOI: 10.4172/2347- 226X.8.3.001.
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