|As a rule, sicker people are seen first. Someone who comes in by ambulance or who has trouble breathing, chest pain, or severe bleeding will be seen before someone whose condition is not life threatening
We have two main goals in your treatment: we want to find out what is causing your problem, and we want to control uncomfortable symptoms. The Emergency Department physician will most likely need to order tests, such as blood tests, an EKG, or x-rays to help determine the nature and extent of your problem.
It takes time to perform these tests and analyze the results. Our staff members can answer your questions at any time during your visit. The physician may order medications or other treatments. If so, you may need to be observed for a period of time before you are discharged.
Can I have my friends or family here with me?
Yes. We ask that only one visitor at a time be allowed by each patient’s bedside, except for children who need both of their parents with them. This results in the most efficient care for you and protects the privacy of all our patients.
Where can I use the telephone or get refreshments after regular business hours inside the hospital?
A telephone is provided in the Emergency Department Lobby for urgent calls. Vending machines are available in the Emergency waiting room.
What happens after all the tests and x-rays are given to your physician?
Your physician will reevaluate your condition and will either discharge or admit you into the hospital. On average, about 80 percent of patients are treated and released.
For the few who are admitted, the procedure begins with a call to an admitting physician (the doctor who will oversee your inpatient hospital treatment). The physician will then request a hospital bed assignment. Next, a report on your condition will be sent to the floor nurse. At this point, you will be transferred from the Emergency Center to your room.
Each step in the process is required to assure that, once transferred; your nurse and physician will be completely advised about your condition and previous treatments or tests from the Emergency Department.