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 new program is designed to shift health care to a primary-care system, said city officials, which is more efficient and less costly than when patients delay medical care or visit an emergency room. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City to Offer Expanded Health Care to Uninsured Locals," 8 Jan. 2019 The state Supreme Court in 2014 found that Washington unconstitutionally kept psychiatric patients in settings like emergency rooms without proper treatment because of a lack of bed space, a practice that in some cases continues. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Inslee unveils $675 million plan to reverse crisis in Washington’s mental-health system," 12 Dec. 2018 The Sadr Hospital said its emergency room was receiving 600 cases of stomach distress each day. Fox News, "Iraqi city of Basra seethes over water crisis, unemployment," 10 Sep. 2018 Similarly, a vehicle that frequently visits hospital emergency rooms is likely an ambulance. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "In-vehicle wireless devices are endangering emergency first responders," 9 Aug. 2018 One employee visited emergency rooms more than 100 times in a single year — prompting the change to help deter overuse. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "State Employees To Receive Bonuses Soon As Part Of Agreement Between Unions, Malloy," 3 July 2018 In 1971 Hopkins opened the country’s first pediatric emergency room within a general hospital. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "J. Alex Haller Jr., Johns Hopkins pediatric surgeon who gained fame in separating conjoined twins, dies," 16 June 2018 In this futuristic adventure, Jodie Foster plays a nurse who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Busy 'Hotel Artemis' isn't worth visiting," 7 June 2018 More of these neighborhood hospitals, which include emergency rooms and eight in-patient beds, are planned in Greenwood, the south side of Indianapolis, Noblesville and Brownsburg. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "St. Vincent Health withdraws plans for Carmel site," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of emergency room

1886, in the meaning defined above

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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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