When dealing with emergency medical situations


When dealing with medical emergency situations

  • How about "When dealing with medical emergencies"?
    – Robusto
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 17:57
  • I would put "emergency" first, since it is a time-related modifier.
    – user3169
    Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 18:09

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One of the fields of medicine is "Emergency Medicine." This refers the triage and rapid-response work done in emergency rooms.

Some conditions are "medical emergencies." For example, if you eat something which sends you into anaphylactic shock, that might be described as a medical emergency. If you call your regular physician and get an after-hours message, it will often include something similar to: "If you are experiencing a medical emergency, go to an ER or Urgent Care center."

Either word order is correct, and each refers to something urgent, bad, and medical. However, the first will focus more on the practice of emergency medicine, and the second will focus more on the emergency.

In general, you probably want the first, which sounds very slightly more natural.

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