10 Questions Asked In the Emergency Room
The Emergency room is the first place many Americans decide to go to for their health care crises. If it’s your first time at the ER, you may not understand what happens there. It is essential to know what goes on during such times to be aware and know what to expect. According to ER experts most nurses, doctors and ER attendants receive the following questions from patients that check-in.
What Happens When I Arrive At The Emergency Room?
Whether you arrive by a private vehicle or an ambulance, you will first go to the triage where a highly qualified and trained nurse will assess you to determine the severity of your illness or injury. Patients that come in with the most severe or life-threatening conditions receive the highest priority
After being triaged, you or a family member will check in with the registration clerk to provide personal or other crucial information. The information will help facilitate the ordering of tests that may be necessary during your evaluation.
How Long Will It Take To Receive Treatment?
How long you wait will depend on factors such as, the severity of your illness, the conditions of other patients who have checked in, and how many are waiting for treatment. When your time comes, the emergency physician will see you immediately and begin performing the physical examinations, and diagnostic processes.
Who Will Treat Me?
The moment you meet the triage nurse, that is when your treatment begins. They will assess your condition and commence on your treatment. The evaluation may include initial blood tests, checking of temperature or blood pressure as you wait to be seen by a doctor.
Once you enter the treatment area, a medical physician will attend to you and provide the necessary treatment. Frontline ER has emergency physicians who are board certified and have fully completed specialty training in emergency medicine.
How Long Will The Tests Take?
Laboratory tests and primary imaging x-rays usually take about an hour. However, there may be some occasional delays. CT scan results may take longer. It is essential to talk to your nurse or physician if you do not understand a specific procedure. As soon as your lab work or imaging results are available, the emergency physician will explain the findings and provide the appropriate treatment.
How Long Will The Treatment Take?
It is your particular emergency or injury that will determine whether the treatment will be elaborate or straightforward, and how long it would take. The procedure carried out by the nurse, or emergency physician may include intravenous administration, bandages, splints, and medication. If there are other critically ill patients, your treatment time may take longer.
Can I Have Visitors?
The emergency room staff can try to allow visitors whenever possible. However, due to privacy concerns, disease transmission, and limited space, only two people can remain with you in the treatment area. Also, no information about your condition can be given out to anyonewithout your permission.
Do I Need A Specialist?
Emergency department physicians at FrontLine ER are all specialists. Sometimes, they may consult with a specialist in other disciplines like general surgery, surgical subspecialties, or cardiology. Based on the assessment of your problem, the ER can refer you to your primary care physician or a specialist.
What Is The Best Time To Come To The ED?
Emergency Rooms like Frontline ER are available round the clock for all kinds of patients who require immediate care. However, it can never be predictable during busy times. The doctor attends to patients according to the level of their injuries.
The ER physician will also determine if you are to be discharged immediately or admitted for a few hours. Theymay contact your primary care physician or other specialists to discuss your condition.
Will My Insurance Cover The Visit?
Insurance companies cover emergency department visits. Others may require a co-payment or a deductible for the use of the ER, which the billing team collects after your treatment. FrontLine ER recommends that you read your insurance manual or contact your service provider for clarity or any questions you may have. Most insurance companies provide co-pay breakdown information on the health insurance card. We will be glad to help you locate this on your card.
Will My Physician Be Notified Of My Visit?
After your discharge from the ER, you will receive follow-up instructions that will help you with your treatment. In most cases, the emergency physician will contact your primary care doctor by telephone. Also, he/she will prepare a copy of your visit record and fax or email it to them for their references.
The FrontLine ER is always open to patients who feel they have an urgent problem that cannot wait for an appointment with their primary care physician. Emergency room physicians are trained specialists. If you have any concerns about your care, you should discuss it the nurse or the physician attending to you.