Origin, hospital emergency room slang for extremely old, Alzheimer's ridden, mute, sick people. GOMER is an acronym for "Get Out of My Emergency Room." In the novel "House of God" (Samuel Shem, 1978) GOMERS are defined essentially as sickly old people who now because of dementia have lost whatever quality it is that makes someone a person. When GOMERS come into the hospital they are unable to communicate so the admitting doctor will order many, many, lab tests hoping to discover why the GOMER was sent to the hospital. GOMERS never come to the hospital, they are only sent. This battery of tests is sometimes called a "Gomer-Gram."
That gomer down in room 13 just fell trying to climb out of bed and now he's bleeding all over my floor.
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