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Emergency Care use by Families

  • By: Betsy M. McDowell
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Emergency care use by families involves the utilization of emergency or urgent care services by one or more family members. A family in this context includes a group of individuals living in the same household who are related by blood, marriage, and/or shared goals. Emergency care includes episodic or short-term care aimed at the diagnosis and stabilization or treatment of an immediate health problem, also known as a chief complaint. This entry details the use of emergency care services by families and suggests ways in which families can more efficiently utilize this aspect of health care.

Emergency Care Services

Emergency care services may begin in the home or community when the emergency medical system (EMS) is activated and continue through transport to, and treatment in, an emergency ...

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