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1. A colloquial term for a clinic in which patients seeking care for nonacute conditions in the emergency department are triaged for medical or surgical attention; an urgent-care clinic affiliated with an emergency department.

Patient care

Fast-tracks are used by hospitals to limit overcrowding in emergency departments and reduce patients' waiting times. Patients with upper respiratory illnesses and minor trauma are commonly referred to fast-tracks, which permits emergency departments to focus on the critically or acutely ill.

2. A colloquial term for a more rapid evaluation and approval of a new or investigational agent than is allowed for most other new drugs.
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Elliott ; Fast-track paediatric cardiac surgery: the feasibility and benefits of a protocol for uncomplicated cases Cardiac Unit, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3JH, UK.
We are always listening to our customers to identify ways of enhancing our services, and the introduction of Fast-Track is a perfect example of this innovation at work.
The Wyden-Hatch fast-track bill also requires that the draft treaty, which the administration has kept under wraps, be available for public inspection before Congress votes the agreement up or down.
Setting up fast-track courts is the responsibility of the state governments which is done in consultation with the concerned High Courts while the finance is provided by the federal finance ministry.
Congress has extended fast-track authority a number of times and some residual fast-track authority to build on existing agreements is still in place, but the last grant of fast track was made in 2002.
And then, there are extreme conditions and extenuating circumstances such as the need to fast-track office space for companies displaced by the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks Generally, the decision to fasttrack a corporate interiors project is, unlike retail fast-tracking, not economically-driven.
This is clearly no Longer the case, as evidenced by certificate, fast-track, and online learning programs, especially.
People find them very divisive - existing teachers feel unhappy about putting someone on a fast-track programme before they have even set foot in a classroom.
Many congressional Democrats are demanding that labor and environmental protections be included in fast-track authority as negotiating goals.
In fact, admitting the death of the fast-track mechanism may be quite liberating.
Fast-track mediation is a new concept developed to apply standard mediation procedures at the examination level.