It was a fourth of July weekend but Sharon O’ Brien, an intensive care physician, was not celebrating. A medical error earlier landed a patient in her ICU. The patient eventually died—and she had to decide what to tell the patient’s family.
Ask a doc today about the “ER” and he will correct you. Originally, the ER, or emergency room, at a hospital was literally a kind of room. Most hospitals didn’t have a department for emergency medicine.