sick call


: a scheduled time at which individuals (such as soldiers) may report as sick to the medical officer

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As with other medical concerns, people in custody at the facility can sign up for sick call to be seen and treated by the detention center’s medical staff. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Mar. 2022 The wave of sick call-outs has also led to jammed Covid benefits lines. NBC News, 14 Jan. 2022 Another rule requires staff to respond to sick call requests within 24 hours of the request. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 30 Oct. 2021 However, there were other issues uncovered at the facility, including lack of sick call documentation and inconsistency with Covid-19 guidelines. Geneva Sands, CNN, 19 July 2021 The most recent report found that in some cases the registered nurse at the Adams facility was not noting the disposition of the detainee sick call visit and that the medical unit was not documenting follow-up on detainee laboratory test results. Geneva Sands, CNN, 19 July 2021 Prisoners’ requests to be seen by the medical team, known as sick call slips, weren’t being collected, the lawyers wrote on Oct. 30. New York Times, 27 Feb. 2021 Monday’s wait times had SFO right in the mix with airports that did have increased sick calls. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, 16 Jan. 2019 The Houston Fire Department was responding to a sick call in the 5600 block of Tidwell, near Trinity, when a man drove up around 3 a.m., said Lt. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, 8 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sick call was in 1836

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“Sick call.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

sick call

: a scheduled time at which individuals (as soldiers) may report as sick to a medical officer
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