First Thing to Do If You Are Injured at the Work Place

28 Apr 2017 General Health

A lot of the modern companies have taken precautionary measures to protect their employees from injuries while working. This however, does not mean that accidents at these working places are unheard of. No! However careful you are working, you are likely to suffer from an injury of some sort at one point in your life. Even with all the safe working practices that are recommended by many, there is still the risk of getting injured while at your workplace. To many, injuries at the work place come as a surprise because they are not common. This leaves them wondering of their next step. What should you one do when they are injured at the work place? Should you report immediately to the authorities or seek medical help? Well, we talked to an expert from Bellaire and here is what he had to say on the first thing to do when you get injured at the workplace.
First aid or emergency medical care should come first
The first thing that you should think about when you are injured at the workplace, should be getting immediate medical help. Depending on the nature of the injury, you can get first aid at the place of work or call in to the nearest emergency room to get specialized treatment. First aid should be administered to lacerations, any cuts or wounds to control the bleeding while you await the ambulance or medical personnel to arrive at the scene.
Once you are in the safe hands of the doctors and you condition has been stabilized, you can then start thinking about the compensation protocols. Most of the time, people start thinking about the compensation and legal procedures to be followed for them to get the required compensations. The first thing on your mind as soon as the injury happens is how you should get to the nearest emergency room for comprehensive treatment.
Some people get injured and opt to keep quiet because they think they are doing the company favours. In real sense, these individuals are putting themselves at risk because some injuries might look insignificant at first but after some time they get serious. Take the case of people who work in go-downs carrying and arranging heavy equipment. If someone lifts something that is too heavier, he/she might injure his/her back unknowingly but instead of reporting the same to the emergency room for urgent medical care, the choose to remain quiet and work with the pain. The pain might not be that much at first but with time, it will escalate and become too much. Besides the pain, working with an injured back is risky and you can potentially get paralysis and other complicated disorders. Prioritize medical care and think about the other procedures later.
Remember that the cost of necessary medical services is paid by your employer or your employer’s insurance carrier, if the case is not disputed. Health care providers may request that injured workers sign form A-9. This form is meant to provide notice to the injured worker that he or she may be responsible to pay the medical bills if the Workers’ Compensation Board disallows the claim or the injured worker does not pursue the claim. This means that you should not be scared of getting the right treatment from the right facility. The cost of services should not bother you at all.
Make sure that you notify your supervisor about the injury and the way in which it occurred, as soon as possible. An injured employee who fails to inform his or her employer, in writing, within 30 days after the date of the accident causing the injury, may lose the right to workers’ compensation benefits. In the case of occupational disease, notification should be given within two years after disablement, or within two years after the claimant knew or should have known that the disease was work-related, whichever is later. If you can’t reach the supervisor immediately let your peers and workmates deliver the message to him/her and let them know of the best steps to take.
While all the paperwork is being processed, please make sure that you follow your doctor’s instructions to the letter to speed up your recovery. Very many people try too hard to get back to work quickly to impress their employers even before they have fully recovered. There is no shame in staying home because of an injury you picked up at the work place and every sensible employer will agree with me. They actually are happier if you stay home until you have fully recovered than trying to come back earlier and risk aggravating the injury. There should be no rush at all. Only come back to the work after you have had a go ahead from your doctor and you personally feel that the injury has healed property.

5 Things You’ve Wondered About Visiting the ER

28 Apr 2017 General Health

The emergency room is a mystery to many who have never had to visit it. I personally was not sure of what to expect the first day I visited the ER and I was shocked to find out how awesome the place was in terms of the medical care I received and how welcoming the atmosphere in there was. To help demystify the ER, I have put together a list of some of the things that most people always wonder about emergency and with the help of a physician at Bellaire, I have provided explanations on the said things. Here are the 5 things you have always wondered about visiting the emergency room answered;
1. Should I always call an ambulance when visiting an emergency room or drive to the facility?
Very many people still don’t understand why emergency rooms offer ambulance services. People don’t know that the ambulances are meant for people in life-threatening conditions who need to be provided with immediate medical care while they are en-route to the hospital. This therefore means that ambulances are to be called by people who have patients in critical conditions. If you can drive to the ER and are not in any form of immediate life-threatening situation, then please it is wise to drive yourself to the ER. If you are in a stable condition and want to call an ambulance to your residence or place of work, you will be inconveniencing that critically ill patient who genuinely needs the urgent services of the ambulance. If you can drive yourself or get a friend/family member to drive you to the emergency room, then please save the ambulances for those who really need them.
2. What documents carry with me when I come to the emergency room?
If it is your first time to visit an emergency room, you might be wondering the things that you should carry with you. Before administering any form of treatment, doctors need to know a thing or about your medical history. This means that they need to know whether you are allergic to any form of medication or have a medical condition which they need to be aware of. To help the, know about you medical history, please carry any relevant list of previous medications together with identification documents and insurance card. Phone numbers for immediate family and the name of your primary care physician might be helpful to allow us to communicate your follow-up care with your own doctor. You may want to bring a friend or loved one to support you and to help you answer questions.
3. How long will you wait in the emergency room before receiving treatment?
Emergency rooms give priority to the most severe emergency cases using triage. Triage is the degree of urgency of an illness or a wound used to decide how quickly it needs to be looked at. This triage is reasonable because it helps the emergency rooms to save people in dire need first but it ends up causing gridlocks and long queues in hospitals because people with less urgent cases are forced to wait in line. The amount of time taken before you can get help will therefore depend on the number of people waiting in line and the severity of your medical condition. There are hours such as in the early morning when most ERs are not busy and these are the best times to visit the ER and get the treatment you require.
4. Who will treat you at the emergency room?
Just like clinics and hospitals, emergency rooms have medical practitioners and other subordinate staff to help administer the required medical care. In Bellaire ER for example we have board-certified physicians working with other medical practitioners to offer high quality treatment to all our patients. They are a massively experienced lot and nothing is too small or too big for them to handle. You should therefore rest assured every time you visit our emergency room that you will get the best possible service.
5. What if my medical condition needs specialized treatment?
If your condition requires that you get even more specialized treatment, then Bellaire will refer you to the relevant institutions to enable you get the required help. Bellaire will do everything within our powers to stabilize your condition while we look for the best options regarding your referral. We have partnered with a number of institutions and specialists and this enables us to make referrals when necessary.
The emergency room is meant for all and you should not be scared to visit an ER just because you feel your medical condition is not life-threatening. Emergency rooms are life-savers and the more you visit them, the more you realize how important they are in any community. You should therefore have no fears of visiting them when need arises.

Who is who in the Emergency Room

Who is Who in the Emergency Room?

When faced with a medical emergency, we tend to rush and scamper around the hospital looking for quick help. Anyone wearing a lab coat or any medical attire will be our last resort in an effort to get much needed medical attention. Understanding the hierarchy in an emergency room will save us a lot. Understanding the treatment process and knowing the right people to approach will help save you time and effort.

The emergency room is a place abuzz with activities. If you ever visit any emergency room during peak hours, you are likely to witness madness. Everyone is busy doing one thing or the other. It almost feels like no one cares about you. It almost feels like your medical condition is inferior to what other people are suffering from. Without the proper knowledge on the protocols of the emergency room, you might end up getting disappointed because either you like it or not, there is an order to be followed when looking to receive treatment in an emergency room. There are nurses, physicians, assistants, lab attendants and many other practitioners. You need to understand the purpose of each and every one of them if you are looking to get quick treatment. To help you understand the protocols of the hospital, here is an explanation of who is who in the emergency room;

Registration Clerks

The first people you are likely to come across are registration clerks at the reception desks. These staff members take your name, date of birth and other personal details, and then they collect your insurance provider information.

Triage nurses

Triage is a system of awarding priorities to the ailing according to the severity of their medical conditions. Triage nurses are meant to help determine the severity of your complaints and set the priorities for go sees the doctor first. If you medical condition is too serious, you will have to see the doctor with immediate effect. If it is not as serious, you will have to wait in line while those with more serious conditions are attended to first.

Primary emergency department nurses

The so called jack of all trades are meant to attend to almost every minor medical condition. These type of registered nurses have a degree in nursing, and the training and experience to manage and assist with a variety of emergency situations, from complaints about broken bones and sprained ankles to cardiac arrest. The can effectively treat wounds, burns and even administer some injections. They are actually the lot that attends to most of the emergency situations in most emergency rooms.

Physician

These are the so called Emergency room doctors. These are practitioners who have completed medical school and are qualified medical doctors. They most of the time have no specific area of specialization and will treat or come up with remedies to almost all the reported medical emergencies in the emergency room. At any one point, any good Emergency Room should have at least three physicians to attend to the patients. Flanked by nurses and other assistants, these physicians are able to handle almost all of the reported medical emergencies.

Specialist Physicians

The next line of treatment in the hierarchy are the specialist physicians. They most of the time might not be around the Emergency Room but will be available when called upon. Specialist physicians have more training in special areas. They have more training in areas like orthopaedics, surgery, neurology, cardiology and many other areas. After a physician takes a look at your situation, he/she will consult with a specialist physician to offer more specialized treatment. These are almost the last resort when it comes to seeking treatment in an emergency room.

Assistants

The other people who are of vital help in the emergency room are the assistants. There are assistants in virtually every section of the emergency room. From physician assistants to laboratory assistants, these are people meant to help the practitioners at hand to offer better service delivery. There are numerous small roles in the emergency rooms like drawing of blood, examining medical records, getting electrocardiograms and many other activities that the physician or nurse can assign to the assistants. They come in handy in the emergency rooms because they are utilities. They most of the time have the training to work in multiple departments and can therefore handle more than one job.

There are other people like forensic nurses or sexual assault nurses who are also important but are not common in most medical emergency rooms. They are assigned to special facilities and are meant to collect and examine specific information in the related fields.

Understanding the roles of these people will help you get quicker and better service. When you are in an emergency, always stay calm and go through the protocols. You will save time and get the best possible treatment.

What happens in emergency rooms

What Happens in Emergency Rooms

15 Mar 2017 General Health

The other day I was watching a movie with a friend and we were laughing at how it is that movies have made people believe that emergency rooms are meant for people suffering from gunshots, accidents and other scary injuries. Having both worked in an emergency room, we couldn’t help but laugh at the picture the action movie was depicting of the emergency room. I personally was not impressed by what I saw. AS much as the scenes were horrific and pretty scary, I was not moved at all because I know too much about emergency rooms to cringe at the sight of blood gushing down from an open wound.

I am not saying that such medical cases are not available in the emergency rooms but I strongly condemn the idea that emergency rooms are for people who have had accidents and other nasty injuries. Emergency rooms are like any hospital and will help treat you from the most minor illnesses to serious conditions like heart attacks. In this article, I want to give you an insight into what it is that actually goes on in an emergency room. Here are 10 things that happen in a typical emergency room;

1. Screening

An emergency room physician or nurse will conduct thorough screening to screening to understand the problem bothering you. Through a series of questions and medical examinations, he/she is able to tell what it is that is wrong with you and understand the reason for your visit.

2. Previous medical reports check

If you are in a critical condition and cannot communicate well, the physicians will take a look at your past medical records to understand your medical history before administering any form of treatment. If you were brought by a family member, the nurses will solicit for information on your medical history.

3. Further tests

Depending on what it is that you are suffering from, there are further tests that may be required to further understand you problem. X-rays, blood tests, CT scans, Ultrasounds and many other medical tests will be used to come up with a conclusive report on what it is that you are ailing from.

4. Actual treatment

After determining what exactly it is that is bothering you, the physician will then administer the most appropriate treatment. If you need tablets to curb the flu, the physician will prescribe the same. Sometimes you are required to get a few injections or intravenous fluids to help sort out your discomfort.

5. Minor surgeries

In some cases, when you have minor injuries, you might require some minor surgeries and emergency rooms are equipped to facilitate the same. People who have been involved in accident can be operated on right in the emergency room and in case there is need for further reconstructive surgery, you will be referred to another hospital.

6. Consultation

Sometimes, people come to the emergency rooms with mere suspicions and don’t require any form of treatment. If you have any problem niggling you, feel free to always go to an emergency room and consult the doctor on the same issue. You will get more information on possible problems and if the physician finds any need to treat you, he will do so.

7. Referral to other facilities

In an emergency room, you can be referred to other medical institutions for further treatment and possible hospitalization. If a physician deems your medical condition critical, he/she will do everything possible to limit any damage while making a call on the best possible hospital nearby for you to be transferred to. Although most emergency rooms are well equipped, they most of the time don’t have every facility and all the required specialists to warrant comprehensive treatment. They therefore will do everything possible to make you comfortable and then send you out to the hospital for more treatment.

8. Presentation of your medical report

At the end of the ER visit, the physicians or the nurses will take time to inform you of your medical diagnosis and offer treatment recommendations. Your recommendations will be for discharge from the ER, admission to a specific specialty area of the hospital, or transfer to a medical facility best suited to care for your specific health need. Even without treatment, the physician can offer free advice on how you should go about your problem to avoid any further problems.

10. Platform to talk to a professional

Although this is not common in most emergency rooms, some ERs offer a platform for you to talk to a law enforcement, a lawyer, psychiatrist or any other related professional meant to help you recover from your ailment. These are appropriate for people who suffer from misfortunes like rape or attempted suicide. They are given time and a platform to talk to these people and explain what it is that is bothering them.

These are some of the most notable things that take place in emergency rooms. We will not go into details concerning the treatment procedures and the exact steps taken. The aim of the article was to demystify the thought that the emergency rooms are meant for people suffering from trauma and related injuries.

Things emergency rooms will not tell you

Things Emergency Rooms Will Not Tell You

15 Mar 2017 General Health

As a patient in an emergency room, there are things that doctors will not tell which in fact can help save your life, money and even time. Here are 25 things that emergency rooms won’t tell you but are absolutely vital;

Don’t call us for a minor bruise please

The person on the other end will never tell you this directly but in real sense, they don’t want you to call the ER for such a minor thing. You are only helping to clog the system and take away precious time that would otherwise have been used to save another patient.

Never hang up on us

If possible, never hang up on an emergency respondent when you call in. There are people who call in to explain their problems and end up hanging the phone before the respondent can give you instructions. Always hang in there until we clear you or medical aiders arrive on the scene.

If you are stable, please come on your own

If you have something small niggling you but are in a stable condition, please don’t ask us to get an ambulance all the way to your place. That’s a waste of time and resources which would otherwise have been used elsewhere.

We care about you as well

Doctors will never tell you but they actually care about you more than you think. They have feelings as well and will be touched by your tears and pain. They will only act tough because they don’t want you to freak out because you think they are hurt as well. Doctors care about you more than you think.

Learn to say a simple thank you
As much as you are paying for the service, please find it within yourself to appreciate the effort of the nurses and doctors. It costs nothing but goes a long way in making the doctor feel appreciated. Be nice!

We don’t enjoy keeping you in line

Doctors and nurses don’t enjoy keeping you in the line. When they keep you waiting, it means that they are sure that you are not going to die and are most probably attending to someone who needs more urgent care.

Be attentive and cooperative

A doctor in an emergency room will never ask you to cooperate but they really want you to be as attentive and cooperative as you can. They know the benefits of everything they tell you and you need to follow what they tell you.

Take a rest means take a rest

If a doctor asks you to stay in bed and take a rest, he means it. He won’t insist on it but really.

We don’t trust you 100%

As much as you think that the doctor believes you 100%, they actually don’t. They know how cunning we humans can be and they know that we sometimes lie to get away from realities. It is however advisable to always tell the truth when you can.

We always try our best

Sometimes patients feel like the doctors don’t do enough to ensure that they are safe. Trust me when I tell you that doctors can only do so much. They want the best for you and will do all that is in their power to ensure safe treatment.

Open up

The best way to ensure that you get the right treatment, you need to open up and speak up. Never hide anything from us, every detail is important in ensuring that we administer the right medical care.

We don’t enjoy treating you for the same problem twice

The other thing that you will never hear from your doctor is the fact that they don’t want you back for the same problem they treated you for earlier. It only shows how reckless you are and you don’t heed to advice.

Call from a landline

Calling from a landline can save your life because we can pinpoint your location instantly. If you call from a cell phone, we waste a lot of time asking where you are or searching for you.

Come in the morning if you can

You think doctors enjoy working late in the night? They don’t! They won’t tell you that but they actually want you to come to the emergency room in the morning when they are fresh and the place is not as busy. Unless it is an inevitable emergency, make a point of coming in the morning.

Vomit and we will attend to you immediately

Yes, this is hilarious but it is true. However long the queue may be, the moment you start vomiting in the waiting area, you will be jumped the queue and be given immediate attention. It is a dirty way but it works most of the time.

We want you gone as soon as possible

We also enjoy quick turnover. We want to ensure that you are treated and discharged as soon as it is possible.

Come with an ID and a family member

For better identity and medical history come with a family member and carry an id.

Follow protocol in the ER

Don’t come around knocking on the physician’s door. Wait in line and you will be duly served.

Honesty

It is not wrong to get an STD or some embarrassing disease. Be honest and we will give you the best possible treatment.

Secrets ER Insiders Know- And You Should Too

Secrets ER Insiders Know- And You Should Too

15 Mar 2017 General Health

There are a lot of people who have no idea of what it is that goes on inside emergency rooms. When they have to finally visit an emergency room, they are left frustrated and confused because they have absolutely no idea of what to do. I have worked with Bellaire Emergency Room for close to ten years now and during this time, I have learned all the secrets and hacks that will help you have a smoother time in an emergency room.

I want to share some of the secrets that the emergency rooms don’t want you to know but you need to know them. These are things that the medical practitioners will simply not tell you but you need to know them because they will make your life easier and the whole experience of visiting the emergency room better. Here are the secrets Emergency Room insiders don’t know- and you should too;

Call your doctor before coming to the ER-it makes it look more urgent

This is a hack that will help you bypass the queues at the ER. If a physician receives a call from your doctor explaining the urgency of your situation, he/she can pave the way for your arrival.

Be brutally honest

Whether it is pus coming from your anal area or blood in your semen, you should never lie about your medical condition. Tell the truth as it will help you receive the appropriate treatment. If you are not comfortable speaking to a doctor, talk to a relative and let him/her do the hard explaining for you.

Be precise in your explanation

Doctors and physicians are only human. They will therefore understand you better if you keep your explanation short and precise. Don’t beat around the bush, just say things the way they are and you will get quick treatment.

Learn to say a simple thank you

As much as you are paying for the service, please find it within yourself to appreciate the effort of the nurses and doctors. It costs nothing but goes a long way in making the doctor feel appreciated. Be nice!

There is no shame in crying when it is painful

If it is painful, there is no shame in squeaking and probably crying. Doctors understand that pain is real and they are not surprised when patients end up breaking into tears because they can’t bear with the tears.

Talk to someone

To help reduce frustration while waiting for treatment, it is advisable to talk to the social worker on duty or the triage nurse. A good conversation not only helps you settle down but will help you avoid frustrations when waiting in line.

Come with a family member or a friend

People who are accompanied by their friends and family members are likely to get better and quicker service as the family members will on hand to provide any information needed and probably help to move you around. If you can, always come with a friend or a family member.

NEVER yell at a medical practitioner

However long you wait in line, never ever yell at a medical practitioner in the ER. Screaming because you feel neglected or forgotten will not help you get quick service. Always ask kindly and wait in line.

Be patient

When you visit the emergency room at the peak hours and your condition is not as urgent, you will have to be patient. You might end up waiting for more than an hour at times and if you are not patient you might get yourself worked up and want to leave without treatment.

ERs and physicians care about you as well

Doctors will never tell you but they actually care about you more than you think. They have feelings as well and will be touched by your tears and pain. They will only act tough because they don’t want you to freak out because you think they are hurt as well. Doctors care about you more than you think.

We don’t enjoy keeping you in line

Doctors and nurses don’t enjoy keeping you in the line. When they keep you waiting, it means that they are sure that you are not going to die and are most probably attending to someone who needs more urgent care.

Be attentive and cooperative

A doctor in an emergency room will never ask you to cooperate but they really want you to be as attentive and cooperative as you can. They know the benefits of everything they tell you and you need to follow what they tell you.

Conduct a little research on ER Protocols

If you can, please take time and do a little homework on what it is that happens in emergency rooms. Understanding the protocols will help you manoeuvre easily in the emergency room and get to the right places easily.

Make sure you have all the information required

Ensure that you have all the information that the physicians are likely to ask for. Medical information and past records will help the physicians administer better treatment.

Memorize the names of the assigned nurses and physicians

Make sure you know the name of the assigned physician, charge nurse and the shift’s attending physician. These are the people responsible for your treatment and you need to know where they are. Ask after them and make sure they have not forgotten about you.

Emergency Room Care – Know Your Rights!

15 Mar 2017 General Health

A good number of Americans, actually more than 60% of Americans do not know their fundamental medical rights. This is astonishing but it is true. Most of us normally visit hospitals or emergency rooms and receive care without even caring about our rights. We most of the time assume that the doctors and physicians will do the right thing and we therefore sheepishly follow whatever the physicians ask us to do.

Often, people do not realize their specific rights at the time of their care because those rights are either not clearly defined or included in a bundle of papers that patients need to sign during registration. The fact that these rights and rules keep changing almost every year, make it even harder for the citizens to even understand them and demand to be served right every time we are at the emergency department.

Thanks to the Emergency Medical Training & Active Labour though, you can easily read and understand your rights as an emergency room visitor. We have highlighted some of the most commonly omitted rights and have explained it to you to make you remain more vigil every time you visit an emergency room. Here are some of the rights you should know as stated by the EMTALA;

Before we take a look at what the rights are, we want to briefly explain what EMTALA is. EMTALA is a federal law that requires hospitals to provide emergency treatment to anyone who needs it, regardless of their immigration status or ability to pay. EMTALA helps to make sure that hospitals do not shun away patients who are uninsured, under-insured or unable to pay for emergency care at the time of emergency. These are rights and policies that keep changing every year depending on the federal law changes on insurance policies but we have highlighted some of the most important rights under EMTALA.

What Are My Rights Under EMTALA?

1 Hospital must make the rules clear for reference

The hospital or emergency room must post a sign in the emergency room notifying you of your rights under EMTALA. If you can’t see a post with the said rules and rights, you are at liberty to ask to talk to the supervisor because that is a violation of your rights. This is one of the things that emergency rooms and hospitals use to extort people. They hide these rights and will make them inaccessible to the patients.

2. Comprehensive screening is your right

If you go to the emergency room and request treatment, the hospital must screen you to determine whether you are suffering from an emergency medical condition. The hospital may not delay screening you to inquire about your insurance or immigration status or ability to pay. You are entitled to triage, examination and screening whether you can or cannot be able to pay for the same.

3. If you are in an emergency, the hospital must treat and stabilize your condition

If the hospital determines that you are experiencing an emergency medical condition, the hospital must either stabilize you or transfer you to an appropriate facility. They should not seek to know whether you will be able to pay for the same or not. The priority should be treating you.

4. You are entitled to be transferred to appropriate hospitals or facilities

You may only be transferred to an appropriate facility or hospital. Some hospitals and emergency rooms will want to transfer you away from their facilities because they feel you will not be able to pay for the treatment they will offer. You are however entitled to transfer to other facilities if the current emergency room does not have the capability to fully stabilize your situation and treat you well enough.

There are other important things about EMTALA that you should know and we have highlighted a few of them below;

EMTALA only applies to emergencies. It does not cover long-term or follow-up care. Once you are discharged after your emergency, EMTALA rights will no longer be applicable to your case.
If the hospital screens you and determines that you are not experiencing a medical emergency, the hospital doesn’t have to provide you with further treatment. You have to be in an emergency to qualify for EMTALA rights cover.

EMTALA only requires hospitals to treat you during an emergency. Hospitals can still bill you for the care they provided. It does not mean that you will be receiving free treatment, no! EMTALA actually serves to protect the uninsured, the underinsured and the underprivileged in the society to receive medical care because they otherwise would not be treated. No emergency room or hospital wants to run risk of getting a loss by treating you and you end up not paying. EMTALA however, requires that hospitals and emergency rooms treat you and then seek for payment later.

Once you are admitted to the hospital and become an in-patient, EMTALA no longer applies. The coverage is only for emergency situations and once you are stable, you are no longer under EMTALA.

Average Waiting Time in Houston Area Emergency Rooms

There is nothing we dread more than waiting in line. Whether we are at the store or are waiting in line to see a doctor, it is always very unnerving and pretty annoying when we have to wait for too long to receive a service. Waiting in line for too long to receive a service is bad enough but it is potentially life-threatening when that service is coming in an emergency room.

Imagine yourself in a situation where you are supposed to receive urgent medical care but there are too many patients in line waiting to receive medical care which is just as urgent as yours. Imagine yourself in that situation and think about the feeling of desperation. It is on the same line of thought that I decided to take a look at the average time spent in an emergency room in Houston before finally getting treatment. I took my time out and did a little research and came up with the following facts concerning emergency rooms in the Houston area and the average waiting times.

First of all, it is important to note that there are very many factors that come into play when it comes to determining the amount of time you are likely to wait in a Houston area emergency room. Here are some of the factors that will determine the amount of time you will wait in line before receiving treatment;

1. Visiting Hours

The best hours to visit an emergency room for far less urgent medical conditions according to a recent study, are between 6 am and noon. During these hours, most hospitals don’t have as many patients waiting in line and you are guaranteed to get quality medical care. During these morning hours, the average waiting time is close to 20 minutes.
The worst hours to visit the ER are from 2 pm to midnight. These are the times that most emergency rooms receive the highest number of visitors and you will therefore have to wait a little longer in line before you can be attended to. Sometimes, the emergency rooms are so full that you have to wait for close to an hour before you can be attended to. After weekends and public holidays especially, people flock the emergency rooms with headaches and results of too much fun and partying.

2. Your medical condition

Emergency departments are places that have waves of people coming in by ambulance, by private car, on foot, and, in some cases, by helicopter. These people have all kinds of problems with all levels of severity. The severity of your medical condition will therefore have an effect on the priority you will get from the doctors in the emergency room. Using triage, the doctors are able to assign priorities to medical emergencies depending on the urgency of the condition.
In America, priority is given to more serious and life threatening conditions like trauma and heart attacks. When people are in such conditions, the facility always strives to ensure that they attend to them first before they can think about the other conditions like headaches and sneezing. This does not mean that the other ailments are not treated with seriousness, no, every patient has a right to be treated but following triage, you will have to bear with a little waiting in line if your condition is not as severe.

3. Ratio of doctors to patients

The other thing that will affect the amount of time that you will have to wait before receiving medical attention in an emergency room, is the ratio of medical practitioners to the number of patients. In most emergency rooms, the number of patients overwhelms the number of doctors. This means that the patients have to wait for longer before seeing the doctor.
Having said this, it is important to note that Bellaire Emergency Room has more than sufficient numbers of doctors and medical practitioners to warrant a quick and quality medical service delivery. Our doctors are ever present at work and will attend to you in the shortest time possible. This is why the average waiting time in line for our emergency room is always below twenty minutes.

4. Facilities

The other factor that will affect the amount of time required before you can receive the required treatment, is the availability of facilities and resources in the emergency room. Lack of resources and facilities means that the doctors and medical practitioners will have to call other facilities to finish on your treatment.
At Bellaire, we are well equipped. Our facilities are first class and have each and every medical equipment needed to help us deliver the medical service you need. Our staff members are well trained and will attend to you in the shortest time possible. If you don’t want to spend all your time waiting in line, then always call or visit Bellaire Emergency Room whenever you are in an emergency.

Where to Go For Emergency Room When You Don’t Have Insurance

Where to Go For Emergency Room When You Don’t Have Insurance

If you are one of the almost 50 million Americans who, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Sciences, do not have health insurance, you may hesitate to visit an emergency room. The services offered by emergency rooms may be quite costly compared to a visit to other health facilities, and without a health insurance cover, paying for them may be an uphill task. Still, there are times when you urgently need to seek medical care. So where do you go?  

The first option that comes to mind is for you to go to an emergency room anyway. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labour Act (EMTALA) stipulates that all persons are entitled to urgent medical treatment from any health institution, whether they have the means to pay for the service or not. Therefore, you won’t be turned away for seeking emergency treatment from an emergency room just because you are uninsured.  Having said that, it is still important to examine how an emergency room compensates for the bills incurred by those without medical cover and why it may be important for you to get one as soon as you can.

Who pays for the emergency room bills of the uninsured?

Now that you know you can walk into any emergency room in the United States and get emergency treatment, it is important to know how the facility recovers all this money. The fact is, if emergency rooms were to provide their services for free to all the people without insurance, they would be in a financial crisis. Therefore, many emergency rooms recover their money in three ways:

  1.    By charging the already insured

Patients who have health insurance usually get startled by the high bills charged by emergency rooms. Often, some of them think that the facility has erroneously stated the bill. What many people don’t know is that the high bill is meant to cater for a percentage of the payment that those that are unable to cater for a health insurance cover incur whenever they visit an emergency room. This is why, provided you are jobless, orphaned, aged, disabled or in any way hindered from paying for a health insurance cover you shouldn’t hesitate to visit an emergency room when the situation calls for since part of your bill has already been catered for by someone else.

  1.    By charging cash

A significant number of those that are uninsured have the ability to pay in cash. These include people with a really good income and those in average jobs. If you can afford to pay emergency room bills without breaking your bank balance, then you need not to worry about the astronomical bills that are often charged for these services. For many people, however, paying out of their pockets is a difficult task. The situation becomes frustrating for the healthcare providers, too, since though they are obligated by law to provide emergency care, they still need patients to pay their bills so that the emergency rooms can continue providing their services to other patients. You are better off getting an insurance cover if you have the means to do so to avoid becoming stranded by a huge hospital bill after getting emergency treatment.

  1.    By following up on the underprivileged patients

Before you get emergency treatment, the medical provider will first determine whether it is really necessary. Upon confirming the same, they will provide it to ensure your life is safe. In case the reason you are uninsured is because you are not able to do so owing to your financial situation, they will note your bill somewhere and follow up on whether you qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. If you are qualified, the emergency room will take measures to have the bill settled. If you do not qualify, they will increase the amounts charged on those already insured. The last option is to write off the bills as bad debts.

What other options are available for the uninsured?

No one knows when the need for urgent medical attention may next arise. It pays to have as many options as possible. From visiting a walk-in clinic, a direct health provider, or having a regular primary care doctor, you should always have someone to call on for prompt medical attention when the situation calls for it. When visiting an emergency room is the only option you have, the best thing to do is be as sincere as possible about your financial situation. Health care providers are more understanding than you may think and may be willing to offer their services for much less than they usually do for your conditions. Sometimes, doctors may even be willing to waive the medical bill if you honestly cannot afford to pay. For residents of Houston, Bellaire ER Emergency Room offers unrivaled emergency care services at very affordable rates.

While getting emergency room services without health insurance is as easy as walking to ER facility, getting yourself health insurance will allow you enjoy lots of added benefits. Bills incurred after emergency treatment may be shockingly high, but with an insurer, the figures can be renegotiated to protect you from paying too highly. Moreover, Bellaire ER accepts insurance cards from a big number of insurance providers, which makes the process of acquiring quick medical care more hassle-free. However, should you find that you need prompt treatment but have no insurance, do not hesitate to walk into one of their offices in Houston.

 

Where is My Nearest Emergency Room?

Where is My Nearest Emergency Room?

If you just moved to Houston or have been a resident there for a while, it is common to wonder how to access emergency room services easily, should you need them. An emergency room could make the difference between whether you or a loved one gets much needed medical attention in the event they require it right away. From a domestic accident in the kitchen to a sudden stroke, an emergency room can come to your rescue and save your life or the life of a loved one.

Before we get specific about which emergency room can best suit you, it’s important to know what makes a good ER agency. The fact is if you are living in Houston, you will probably find you have a couple of options to choose from. So how do you know what is ideal for you and what’s not? Here’s a checklist:

Legal status

Most emergency rooms operate legally, but it wouldn’t hurt to confirm that you are dealing with a legitimate entity. A quick check whether the facility has licensed physicians and registered nurses can put you at ease and assure you that when an emergency arises, you are putting your life in the hands of a licensed agency with qualified medical practitioners.

Ease of access

You never know when an emergency will strike, so you want to be sure help is as near to you as possible. A good emergency room should be located somewhere near to both where you live and where you work so that should you require urgent medical care, you can get it within less than 20 minutes.

Their facilities

Your preferred emergency room should be sufficiently equipped to handle various health conditions that could require urgent treatment. Things to look for include whether they offer ambulatory services, if they have diverse and modern medical equipment, and the general state of their treatment rooms. Ask whether they are sufficiently equipped to handle more than one emergency situation at the same time in case that becomes necessary.

Flexibility in payment methods

Many emergency rooms accept only health insurances as the form of payment. Look for one that is flexible with their payment methods because you never know when you may need to pay for their services through something other than your health insurance.

Cost of services

Enquire about how much they charge to establish whether you can afford it. Some emergency rooms are incredibly expensive. The fact is the average cost of visiting an emergency room is about three times that of visiting other health providers. You don’t want to push up that price by choosing an expensive emergency room unless you are sure you can comfortably afford to pay.

Their reputation

One of the best ways to evaluate an emergency room is to look at what other customers are saying about them. Visit the emergency room’s website to read customers reviews about their services. Ask around about their customer service to find out whether they genuinely care about clients. Make a decision only when you are convinced you will be treated with genuine respect and care.

Now that you know some of the things to look for in a local emergency provider, may we suggest that you check out Bellaire ER? Many Houston residents have come to trust Bellaire ER as their emergency room of choice. Bellaire ER has been in operation for more than 15 years, providing excellent emergency care to patients both day and night every day of the year. Here is why you should try out their services:

They have state of the art facilities

Bellaire ER boasts to having some cutting-edge facilities, with a modern laboratory to ensure you receive accurate and quick test results. The facility also offers fast radiology tests. To better care for their patients, Bellaire offers such advanced services as cardiac life support, Pediatric emergency rooms, and EMS ambulance services.

They have a dedicated medical support

An emergency room should be able to respond to your call for medical attention any time of day or night. Bellaire ER has a team of highly dedicated experts eager to serve you when you need them. You can be assured of fast, convenient, and reliable service.

You will be served by professionals.

Bellaire Emergency Room is licensed by the State of Texas, so you can be sure you are dealing with a genuine facility. All of Bellaire’s physicians are experienced and fully licensed by the U.S. board, while the nurses are registered and possess extensive experience in critical and immediate care.

They have the capacity to handle a wide range of health conditions.

You want a healthcare provider you can stick with; one with the capacity to handle your varied health needs whether you are having an acute case of vomiting or are simply worried about something and need advice. Well, Bellaire has the appropriate facilities and professionals to help you out.

 

Bellaire ER’s reputation as a dependable emergency room for Houston residents has been established through their eagerness to provide only the highest quality services to their clients. You can become part of their numerous happy customers today.

 

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