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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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 Porter, 51, was later taken to a nearby urgent care, where her wound was cleaned and wrapped up. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Giant eel bites woman vacationing in Hawaii: 'There was blood everywhere'," 3 Aug. 2018 Megan Lamy, USCareWays spokeswoman, gives a tour of Sky Harbor's new urgent care facility. Samie Gebers, azcentral, "Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport opens urgent care to treat travelers, employees," 25 Apr. 2018 The secret wish many people have to speak up about sick colleagues is reflected in an ad campaign on the New York City subway and elsewhere this season by CityMD, an operator of urgent care clinics. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "You Sneezed. Go Home.," 24 Jan. 2019 Try this: Consider getting your levels checked with a simple blood test at your doctor's office or an urgent care clinic. Karen Asp, Woman's Day, "3 Ways to Lower Your Odds of Diabetes, According to Experts," 15 Nov. 2018 Its services range from digital urgent care to virtual visits for follow-up appointments to peer-to-peer consults between physicians. Steven J. Corwin, Recode, "Let’s make telemedicine available to all," 25 June 2018 Overall, 39 percent of visits to urgent care centers resulted in antibiotic prescriptions, the study found. Fox News, "Urgent care centers often prescribe unnecessary antibiotics," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of urgent care

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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