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What is the job of an emergency room (ER) doctor?

The main job of emergency room (ER) doctors is to rule out life-threatening emergencies. To do that, they look at patients differently than a primary care doctor or specialist. They think, “What’s the absolute worst thing that could be happening to cause these symptoms?” They want to make sure it’s not any of those life-threatening illnesses that need to be treated right away. If it is an emergency, they will start life-saving treatments immediately.

After that, ER doctors strive to make a diagnosis. They give you the proper care you need to make sure you’re medically stable before sending you home as well. They may also send you to a specialist for further care.

Identify, evaluate and treat are some of the main responsibilities of an emergency room doctor.

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