sick call


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

Examples of sick call in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the end of the shutdown on Jan. 25, 2019, sick calls by TSA workers resulted in long lines at airports across the country. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 20 Sep. 2023 On Super Bowl Sunday, according to the survey’s estimates, about 17.2 million employees were expected to get out of work, fake a sick call or skip out on a Sunday night shift in order to watch the game. Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2023 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

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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 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

sick call

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