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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The migrant was later pronounced dead at a local emergency room. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "A pregnant woman miscarried while in Border Patrol custody on July 4," 9 July 2019 There were an estimated 9,100 injuries involving fireworks treated at hospital emergency rooms in 2018. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Ohio man dies while shooting off fireworks in neighborhood," 3 July 2019 Chastity Johnson died in a hospital emergency room shortly after the accident, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office. Matt Peterson, Dallas News, "22-year-old woman dies after roll-over crash on I-30 in Fort Worth that injured 7, including 2 kids," 28 June 2019 Does that mean Americans became sicker over the past decade, requiring more intense and complex care at hospital emergency rooms? Kenneth Alltucker, USA TODAY, "'Really astonishing': Average cost of hospital ER visit surges 176% in a decade, report says," 4 June 2019 For the hospital emergency rooms, some short-term relief is on the horizon. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s only psychiatric emergency room is overflowing. It’s a sign of a system breaking down.," 11 May 2018 Later in the night, a white Chrysler pulled up at a local emergency room and dropped off a man with several gunshot wounds to the back, hip and arm. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Jefferson Parish man booked on child pornography charges," 20 Apr. 2018 No one is surprised when smoke brings a surge of emergency room visits for asthma or other breathing problems. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "The Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke May Last a Lifetime," 27 June 2019 The program garnered a nearly $20 million grant for its first four years and contributed to a reduction in 911 calls and emergency room visits. San Diego Union-Tribune, "City, county revive program for frequent 911 callers who don’t need emergency help," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of emergency room

1886, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2019

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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

US : 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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