If you are having an emergency, please call 911
We recently quadrupled the size of the Emergency department, enabling us to care for more than 55,000 patients annually. The department includes 20 treatment rooms and three Express Care rooms (for quicker treatment of less critical patients), a large waiting area, and the latest technology. What this means for patients is access to the best in emergency medicine, as well as greater comfort, privacy, and confidentiality.
In the Emergency department, patients are cared for according to the seriousness of the injury. The patient with the most urgent need comes first.
What to expect
1. Speak with the triage nurse
Whether you arrive by private vehicle or ambulance, you will speak with a triage nurse about why you are here. This nurse records why you are here, medications you are currently taking, and medical history. Your temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure will also be taken.
You, or your family member if you are too ill, will speak with a registrar. The registrar will take information such as your illness or injury, your name, address, and the name of your regular doctor. He or she will also collect your insurance information.
You will be asked to sign a consent form, giving us permission to treat you in the Emergency department or Express Care and to bill your insurance carrier.
You may experience some or all of the following:
Placement in one of the patient care areas, with ongoing care from a designated area nurse. If the Emergency department is full, you may be placed in the hallway temporarily until a patient area becomes available.
Blood may be drawn for lab tests. Tests can take an hour or more to complete.
X-rays may be taken. The X-rays must be examined by the Emergency department doctor and radiology doctor before you will know your results.
An EKG, tracing your heart activity, may be administered.
Express Care is the non-acute section of the Emergency department. Patients seen here are those who can be treated quickly and efficiently, with cases that are less complicated than those treated in the acute-care section of the Emergency department.
You may have blood drawn for laboratory tests, X-rays ordered, stitches placed, and /or bandages and splints applied. A nurse will help care for you.
A doctor can write prescriptions and arrange follow-up care with your regular doctor or a specialist.
We make every effort to provide care as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible. To help do that, Community Hospital began a program in 2008 called "Code Purple," designed to alleviate overcrowding in the Emergency department.