Health

Urgent care or the ER? Which should you choose?

(HealthDay)—Say you twist your ankle playing catch with your kids. Or maybe your daughter has a rash that's spreading. Do you visit urgent care or the hospital emergency department?

Ophthalmology

Five steps to protect young athletes' eyes

(HealthDay)—As children begin to return to their favorite sports, parents need to ensure that their youngsters use protective eyewear, a leading group of eye specialists says.

Cardiology

ACP advises point-of-care ultrasound to aid diagnosis of dyspnea

(HealthDay)—For patients with acute dyspnea with diagnostic uncertainty, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) can be a helpful addition to the standard diagnostic pathway, according to a new clinical guideline issued by the ...

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Emergency

An emergency is a situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property or environment. Most emergencies require urgent intervention to prevent a worsening of the situation, although in some situations, mitigation may not be possible and agencies may only be able to offer palliative care for the aftermath.

While some emergencies are self evident (such as a natural disaster that threatens many lives), many smaller incidents require the subjective opinion of an observer (or affected party) in order to decide whether it qualifies as an emergency.

The precise definition of an emergency, the agencies involved and the procedures used, vary by jurisdiction, and this is usually set by the government, whose agencies (emergency services) are responsible for emergency planning and management.

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