tertiary care

noun

: 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 In the past, patients transferred from emergency departments to tertiary care hospitals were excluded. Brian Stein and Bala Hota, STAT, 24 Aug. 2023 Many neighborhoods in the U.S. do not have tertiary care centers, or hospitals that provide specialized care. Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2023 Our subjects were also typical of those seen in secondary and tertiary care in other centres. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2010 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tertiary care was in 1972

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“Tertiary care.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tertiary%20care. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

tertiary care

noun
: 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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