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The purpose of emergency rooms is to save lives, but they're more complex than we think. Treating a range of illnesses from cardiac arrest to the common cold, emergency health experts act quickly to get patients the treatment they need. Test your knowledge of emergency rooms with this quiz.

Who predated the modern emergency room to provide care to patients in dire need?

  • dentists
  • school teachers
  • general practitioners

What event most bolstered the development of emergency room care?

  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Operation Desert Storm

What percent of American adults visit the emergency room each year?

  • 21 percent
  • 41 percent
  • 61 percent

How do emergency rooms prioritize patients?

  • on a first-come, first-served basis
  • in alphabetical order
  • by how urgent the illness or injury is

Do pregnant women go to the emergency room?

  • Yes. Delivery rooms are within all emergency rooms.
  • No. Emergency departments will never take pregnant women.
  • Sometimes. It depends on whether the woman knows she's pregnant, if the birth compromises her life or if the hospital has an obstetrics unit.

In rural areas, who is the most likely to end up visiting the ER?

  • lower income groups
  • middle income groups
  • people with the highest income

How are emergency medical technicians and paramedics different from emergency care doctors?

  • Doctors provide treatment to patients, while EMTs and paramedics transport them.
  • Doctors hand patients over to EMTs and paramedics once patients arrive at the hospital.
  • EMTs and paramedics rush to patients' locations to provide treatment and transport them back to the hospital for further care under a doctor.

What is a non-urgent visit?

  • A visit from a person with a condition that does not require medical treatment.
  • A visit describing a patient's condition when ER staff has determined treatment can wait between 120 minutes and 24 hours.
  • Non-urgent visits can go without treatment beyond 24 hours.

Say you're at the ER because you've suddenly become dizzy and short of breath. When you arrive, what's important to keep in mind while discussing your condition with doctors?

  • Be specific about your symptoms: Do they flare only when you're doing a particular activity or move your body a certain way?
  • Tell doctors about other medications you're currently taking.
  • Both are correct.

On average, are wait times in emergency rooms getting longer or shorter?

  • longer
  • shorter
  • Neither -- they're staying the same.

If you have a child younger than 3 months old who has a fever, you should take the child to the ER when the fever reaches what temperature?

  • 96.4 Fahrenheit/35.78 Celsius
  • 98.4 Fahrenheit/36.89 Celsius
  • 100.4 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) or higher

What's the difference between emergency care and urgent care?

  • There is no difference -- the two are the same.
  • Urgent care is more dire than emergency care.
  • Emergency care is more dire than urgent care.

Which of the following can warrant treatment in the ER?

  • tick bites
  • venomous snake bites
  • Both are correct.

Which symptom is reason enough to receive emergency care?

  • a headache
  • sudden changes in vision
  • a stomach ache

What health condition is not among the most common doctors treat in the ER?

  • sprains and broken bones
  • abdominal pain
  • ear infections

With existing health disparities, which factors increase a person's likelihood of seeking treatment at emergency departments?

  • older age
  • reliance on government health assistance programs such as Medicaid
  • Both are correct.

ER doctors deal with patients arriving with foreign objects in their bodies. What's a potentially dangerous item patients have been known to accidentally swallow?

  • a nut shell
  • soda can tabs
  • chewing gum

Emergency rooms receive how many visits per year in the United States?

  • 24 million
  • 124 million
  • 224 million

Which combination best reflects specialties included in most emergency rooms?

  • mental, cardiac, trauma
  • cardiac, trauma, obstetric, orthopedic, surgical
  • dental, trauma, dermatological, surgical

What health condition is increasingly common in ER rooms?

  • chest pain
  • fever
  • abdominal pain