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Medical emergency

A medical emergency means a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) so that a prudent layperson who has an average knowledge of medicine and health would reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention at a hospital emergency room to result in any one of the following:

  • Placing the person’s health, or with respect to a pregnant female, her health or the health of her unborn child, in serious jeopardy;
  • Serious impairment to bodily functions; or
  • Serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part.