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an unlooked for or sudden occurrence, often dangerous, such as an accident or an urgent or pressing need.
emergency department an area of a hospital especially equipped and staffed for emergency care. Popularly called emergency room.
emergency medical technician (EMT) a provider of emergency care (health care at the basic life support level); this may include spinal immobilization, administration of oxygen, and control of bleeding. In some states there are modular training programs where an EMT can add skills to the basic level.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

e·mer·gen·cy de·part·ment

(ē-mĕr'jĕn'sē dĕ-pahrt'mĕnt)
That section of a hospital or other health care facility that is designed, staffed, and equipped to treat injured people and those afflicted with sudden, severe illness.
Synonym(s): emergency room.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Emergency Department



The unit of a hospital in which acute, severe, or urgent illnesses and/or injuries are treated.
Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners
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A cross sectional study was conducted on all the registered medico legal cases (3105) reported to casualty department of public sector Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rawalpindi.
A sample of 250 patient records was selected by simple random sampling from a cohort of 14 113 patients who attended the Polokwane Hospital Casualty Department. Data were collected on variables relevant to the functioning of and resource utilisation in the casualty unit of this complex.
Casualty departments are there for those with serious or life-threatening conditions, not for the trivial or attention-seekers.
Medics have already compared the casualty department to a "war zone", with patients lining corridors, paramedics queuing to hand over their patients and people having to sit on the floor while they were waiting to be seen.
The hospital also plans to improve ambulance access and make it easier for disabled people to enter the casualty department.
So save both casualty departments, not just one and find the money somewhere.
This resulted in our first visit to the new children's casualty department at the University hospital in Walsgrave.
HEALTH bosses want to close a hospital casualty department after spending pounds 4million on it.
Police were called to a hospital casualty department after reports of a drunken brawl.
And timewasters are being blamed for the increasing pressure on the overstretched casualty department at Bridgend's Princess of Wales Hospital.
Nurses could take over the roles of junior doctors in a bid to keep a Welsh casualty department open around the clock.
Patients were evacuated from an emergency unit of a Midland hospital yesterday when a fire broke out near its casualty department.

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