urgent care


Definition of urgent care

1 : medical care provided for illnesses or injuries which require prompt attention but are typically not of such seriousness as to require the services of an emergency room … they have turned to one of the fastest-growing segments of American health care: urgent care, a common category of walk-in clinics with uncommon interest from Wall Street.— Julie Creswell often used before another noun If your leg or arm is sore and swollen, go to an urgent care center; if you have chest pain, shortness of breath or you're coughing up blood, get to an emergency room.— Rick NathansonThe athlete sustains an inversion or eversion ankle injury and is evaluated at a local emergency room or urgent care facility.— James S. Keene
2 : medical care of an urgent nature Strokes now are the focus of a broad new public-awareness campaign labeling them as "brain attacks," needing the same urgent care as heart attacks.— Marilyn Chase

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Beaumont also is building a new, $40 million mental health hospital in Dearborn and has plans to open 30 new urgent care centers in southeastern Michigan along with several outpatient centers. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Beaumont Health to partner with Ohio hospital system," 9 July 2019 Five mental health urgent care centers have been established across the county, with a sixth one coming to La Puente, Smith said. Frank Shyong, latimes.com, "Police know the mentally ill need more than handcuffs. Their response is shifting," 10 June 2019 Patients are increasingly choosing urgent care centers, smartphone apps, telemedicine, and workplace and retail clinics that are often staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants for their immediate health needs. STAT, "We were inspired to become primary care physicians. Now we’re reconsidering a field in crisis," 20 June 2019 Optum is made up of a physicians group, ambulatory surgery centers and urgent care centers. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "FTC signs off on $4.3 billion acquisition of Denver-based DaVita’s medical group," 19 June 2019 The urgent care center gave me crutches and instructed me to see an orthopedic surgeon. miamiherald, "How long will it take for my calf injury to heal?," 4 June 2019 Messenger vomited during dinner Jan. 9, was taken to an urgent care the next evening where he was cleared for flu and administered anti-nausea medication and was found unresponsive at home in bed the morning of Jan. 11. Matt Naham, ajc, "Boy, 12, dies from flu-like symptoms in Michigan," 20 Jan. 2018 Nashville police said Tuesday that after the attack, Micheli went to an urgent care facility in Gallatin, located about 30 miles northwest of downtown Nashville. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Tennessee man killed ex-boss with hatchet, was arrested near White House in April, police say," 6 June 2018 Sure, options like visiting the nearest urgent care center can be great in a pinch. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "9 Small but Impactful Health Habits to Lock Down in Your 20s," 19 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of urgent care

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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