emergency medicine


Definition of emergency medicine

: a medical specialty concerned with the care and treatment of acutely ill or injured patients who need immediate medical attention

Examples of emergency medicine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many people who die at home are not tested for COVID-19, said Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency medicine physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. ProPublica, "A Spike in People Dying at Home Suggests Coronavirus Deaths in Houston May Be Higher Than Reported," 8 July 2020 Emergency room doctor Leigh-Ann Webb, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Virginia, said fair and efficient health care has always been a problem for Black people in the U.S. Li Cohen, CBS News, ""Our system is not built to serve everyone equally": Doctors push for an end to racial discrimination in health care," 6 July 2020 The University of Miami Health System is seeing positive tests on the rise and more patients, ranging from their 20s to 90s, said Dr. David Lang, the system's medical director of emergency medicine. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Miami-Dade to shut down restaurants again as Florida's Covid-19 hospitalizations surge," 6 July 2020 Below is an answer from Esther Choo, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Esther Choo says we need to use this moment to resolve inequalities in healthcare," 30 June 2020 Fauci’s appearance will be followed by a panel discussion with state Sen. Richard Pan, Santa Clara County health officer Dr. Sara Cody and Dr. Sarah Medeiros, an emergency medicine physician at UC Davis Health. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 22-23," 25 June 2020 And Jeremy Faust, a Harvard emergency medicine doctor, noted that additional information on outcomes for patients is needed to truly assess the benefits of the drug—not just survival. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "COVID-19 death rate cut by cheap steroid, according to unpublished data," 16 June 2020 Tiffany Chioma Anaebere, M.D., is an emergency medicine physician and educator based in Northern California. Tiffany Chioma Anaebere, Scientific American, "Policing Can Take a Lesson from Health Care," 10 June 2020 The medical industry itself perpetuates a racist system, says Dr. Tsion Firew, an emergency medicine physician at Columbia University in New York City. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "'Protest Is a Profound Public Health Intervention': Why So Many Doctors Are Supporting Protests In the Middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of emergency medicine

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of emergency medicine was in 1966

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16 Jul 2020

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“Emergency medicine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emergency%20medicine. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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Medical Definition of emergency medicine

: a medical specialty concerned with the care and treatment of acutely ill or injured patients who need immediate medical attention

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