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What happens in the ER if my illness is life threatening?

Debra Dibartolo
Nursing Specialist

Patients are seen in the emergency department based on their severity of illness. This is called triage. A registered nurse assesses patient presenting to the emergency department to determine their level of care needed.

Patients with life-threatening injuries or illness are treated first. Then patients with serious illness treated next. Minor injuries are seen last. 

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