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Definition of Emergency physician

Emergency physician: A physician focused on the immediate decision making and action necessary to prevent death or any further disability both in the prehospital setting by directing emergency medical technicians and in the emergency department. The emergency physician provides immediate recognition, evaluation, care, stabilization, and disposition of a generally diversified population of adult and pediatric patients in response to acute illness and injury.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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