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Myths And Realities

“It’s simply not true... Most people who seek emergency care have medical emergencies. Only 12 percent of patients have nonurgent medical problems, and many of those have the symptoms of a medical emergency, but after examination and testing, we learn their medical conditions are not emergencies, which is good news.  But it was still right for them to seek emergency care.”

Nick Jouriles, MD, FACEP
Past President, American College of Emergency Physicians