Callaham, Michael Emergency Medical Services, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California.
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The medical specialty that comprises the immediate decision making and action necessary to prevent death or further disability under emergency conditions. Emergency medicine is a field of practice focused upon the care and treatment of patients who need immediate medical attention as a result of injury or acute illness (see illustration). In general, emergency medicine is based primarily in hospital emergency departments. However, emergency medicine also entails extensive responsibilities for supervising emergency medical systems outside hospital settings. See also: Critical care medicine; Medical control systems; Medicine
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