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Emergency medicine


A sudden accident or illness can change your life in an instant. Emergency medicine doctors, nurses and technicians focus on the immediate decisions and actions needed before and after reaching the hospital.

Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department for any of the following:




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Source: American Board of Specialties, Research and Education Foundation, Which Medical Specialist for You?; American Medical Association; Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Lexicon: Dictionary of Health Care Terms, Organizations and Acronyms for the Era of Reform, 1994

First published: 08/01/2004
Last updated: 11/06/2012

Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of quality, Allina Health clinics; J Richard Sheely, MD, medical director, Allina Health clinics