emergency room


Definition of emergency room 

: a hospital room or area staffed and equipped for the reception and treatment of persons requiring immediate medical care

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On Friday—as in, five days ago—Biles was in the emergency room until 1 A.M. with a kidney stone. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The USA Women's Gymnastics Team Won Its 4th Straight World Championship—Here's How to Watch the Final Events," 31 Oct. 2018 To address that underlying disease, Tucker said the hospital works to connect overdose patients in the emergency room with treatment programs and peer recovery specialists within 24 hours. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County gives hospitals naloxone to send home with at-risk patients," 20 June 2018 According to the Hamilton County coroner, Tyrone Drummond, 19, of Westwood, died Wednesday in the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Police identify victim in fatal Avondale shooting," 4 Jan. 2018 Ashley works as a police officer in nearby Summit and in the emergency room at Aurora Medical Center. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Local couples share their journey to their wedding day," 1 Feb. 2018 James Slaughter, 20, arrived at the northeast-side hospital's emergency room at about 7:40 p.m. Sunday, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Man brought to hospital dies of gunshots," 22 Jan. 2018 Gun injuries, including many from assaults, sent 75,000 U.S. children and teens to emergency rooms over nine years at a cost of almost $3 billion, a first-of-its-kind study found. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Guns send over 8,000 US kids to ER each year, analysis says," 29 Oct. 2018 Eight were brought to emergency rooms for medical help. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "In the Heat, New York City Tries to Move the Homeless Off the Streets," 7 Aug. 2018 The paramedics assess the health of patients with conditions such as asthma, congestive heart failure or diabetes, with the goal of preventing chronic health issues from escalating to expensive trips to emergency rooms. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "911 calls from the chronically ill drop after Milwaukee launches community paramedic initiative," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of emergency room

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of emergency room was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of emergency room

: a hospital room or area that is used for treating people who need immediate medical care

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Kids Definition of emergency room

: a room in a hospital with doctors, nurses, and medical equipment for treating people who need medical care immediately

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Medical Definition of emergency room 

: a hospital room or area staffed and equipped for the reception and treatment of persons with conditions (as illness or trauma) requiring immediate medical care

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