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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Hurricane traffic and a visit to urgent care were the culprits. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa Gets Criticized on Instagram Following Her Family Trip to Hawaii," 25 Aug. 2018 Follow-up visits to urgent care within those first two weeks were a little higher in the former group (0.9% versus 0.1%), but follow-ups overall during the first two months were actually lower in the telemed cohort. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Why Hasn’t Telemedicine Taken Off? Hey, Blame This Guy.," 3 July 2018 Death rates from heart attacks, strokes, childbirth, and other urgent care situations would spike. Ron Klain, Vox, "A pandemic killing tens of millions of people is a real possibility — and we are not prepared for it," 15 Oct. 2018 Last year, UnitedHealth Group, yet another leading insurance provider, announced plans to buy a large physician group, DaVita’s primary and urgent care services, for $4.9 billion. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "DOJ approves $69B CVS-Aetna merger as healthcare industry restructures," 11 Oct. 2018 In addition, Ochsner announced the opening of a women's health clinic at its urgent care location on Canal Street and Carrolton Avenue in Mid-City. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Ochsner opens 4 new clinics in the New Orleans area," 15 Feb. 2018 The emergency rooms will be open 24/7 and the urgent care side open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hamilton County to get 3 new freestanding emergency rooms," 13 Feb. 2018 Seritage recently converted part of a former Sears into an REI, the outdoor gear retailer; a Shake Shack and an urgent care center have also moved onto the property. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: How to build a huge consumer brand without venture capital," 29 Aug. 2018 Moreover, some doctors fear that overuse in urgent care centers will be tricky to fix. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doctors fear urgent care centers are wildly overusing antibiotics—for profit," 17 July 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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