tertiary care

noun

Definition of tertiary care

: highly specialized medical care usually over an extended period of time that involves advanced and complex procedures and treatments performed by medical specialists in state-of-the-art facilities — compare primary care, secondary care

Examples of tertiary care in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many rural hospitals, including Whitfield, typically transfer those patients to tertiary care centers like UAB — which wasn’t always possible during the summer surge. Katie Palmer, STAT, 5 Oct. 2021 As the chair of medicine for a large tertiary care hospital in Connecticut, I was used to getting requests from across New England for patients to be transferred to the higher level of care our hospital could offer. Suparna Dutta, STAT, 20 Sep. 2021 At times in recent weeks, hospital staff have struggled to find a tertiary care hospital in the region that would accept a patient in need of more advanced treatment, Horner said, as these hospitals have been going on diversion more often. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Aug. 2021 Avera serves a 72,000-square-mile territory across South Dakota and neighboring states, with one tertiary care center in Sioux Falls and 15 small hospitals in rural settings. Kimberlee Mckay, STAT, 17 Aug. 2021 Freedman did not appear to grasp the economics of tertiary care, the specialty practices that generate costly procedures. Chris Pomorski, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Over the years, though, the emphasis moved to for-profit tertiary care hospitals, mainly in big cities, with state-of-the-art that provided care mainly to the urban rich. Kalpana Jain, STAT, 4 May 2021 Alameda’s network includes tertiary care hospitals in Cairo, as well as diagnostic centers, outpatient clinics and specialist care facilities. Mirette Magdy, Bloomberg.com, 26 Dec. 2020 The need right now is to address primary care, secondary care, and tertiary care. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, 15 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of tertiary care

1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Tertiary care.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tertiary%20care. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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tertiary care

noun

Medical Definition of tertiary care

: highly specialized medical care usually over an extended period of time that involves advanced and complex procedures and treatments performed by medical specialists in state-of-the-art facilities — compare primary care, secondary care

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