Since some of our internet visitors to StabRoom.com and HQMedEd.com don’t know what the Stab Room is, we thought we should provide a definition.

Definition – “Stab Room”  (pronounced “steyb room”)  Short for Stabilization Room, is the primary resuscitation area in the Emergency Department at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The HCMC Emergency Department is well-known as one of the most advanced and innovative Emergency Departments in the world, and home to one of the oldest Emergency Medicine Residency training programs in the United States.

The Stab Room is one of the most prominent and unique features of the HCMC Emergency Department. It is the place where the most critically ill and injured patients are resuscitated. The concept of the Stab Room was invented by Dr. Ernest Ruiz, our first department chair and one of the fathers of Emergency Medicine. The Stab Room incorporates the very best personnel, equipment and organizational teamwork, which are all crucial components of optimal resuscitation care. The Stab Room is known throughout the region and the world for providing the best resuscitation care and for some miraculous outcomes.