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.