Vassily T. Eliopoulos, MD
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Location and Office HoursApex Emergency Group PC
550 S Wadsworth
Lakewood, CO 80226
What happens if I leave the emergency room before my doctor discharges me?
Kathleen Handal, MD, Emergency Medicine, answeredIf you decide to leave the emergency room (ER) before the doctor writes your discharge order, it is considered leaving against medical advice (AMA). You may not only risk your life but your insurance may not pay for your care. Think about this carefully and weigh your options before you act.
Who can I expect to give me treatment in an emergency room?
Discovery Health answered
The vast array of people treating patients in an emergency department can be confusing to the average health care consume. Additionally, most people are uncertain of the training needed to become a member of the emergency department team.
Here is the scorecard:
- Emergency Physician
The emergency room doctor spends four years in college then four years in medical school. Medical school generally includes two years of classroom time and two years rotating through all the different medical specialties.
Toward the end of med school, each student must select a specialty (such as emergency medicine, family practice, surgery, etc.). The student then completes a year-long internship and two or three years residency before he or she will be a specialist in emergency medicine.
- Emergency Nurse
An emergency nurse can either complete a four-year degree (a bachelor of science in nursing) or can complete a three-year diploma program (typically at a hospital). A nurse also can train by completing a two-year associate's degree program. Once finished with school, the nursing graduate can take a licensing exam to become an RN (registered nurse). At that point he or she can practice nursing. Quite a few emergency nurses take an additional exam to become a Certified Emergency Nurse.
- Physician Assistant
Many emergency departments use physician assistants (also called PAs). These assistants work under the supervision of an emergency doctor. The assistants examine, diagnose and treat patients (often the less complicated ones) and review findings with the doctor. In most states, they can prescribe medications. Physician assistants have either two or four years of college and some health care experience before they can take a two-year physician assistant program.
- Emergency Department Technician
Many emergency departments have technicians who can take vital signs, draw blood, start IVs, perform EKGs, etc. Training varies widely but the technicians often are ambulance personnel or trained through the hospital.
- Physician in Training
At teaching hospitals, a patient may be examined by an intern or resident. These teaching hospitals are usually affiliated with a medical school. Physicians in training are supervised by an attending physician who typically has extensive experience in emergency medicine.
What questions might I ask my doctor about my heart and sexual activity?
If you have heart disease, the following questions can help you talk to your physician about your sexual activity concerns. Print out or write down these questions and take them with you to your appointment. Taking notes can help you remember your physician’s response when you get home.
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- Will I be able to engage in sexual activity again? If so, when?
- Is one type of sexual activity safer than another?
- Will having sex make me have a heart attack?
- What symptoms will I have if sexual activity is putting too much strain on my heart?
- What should I do if I have chest pain during sex?
- Are any of my current medications affecting my sex life?
- Could erectile dysfunction medications help me? Are there any drug interactions with my current medications?
- Will my heart disease get in the way of a pregnancy?