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    The main job of emergency room (ER) doctors is to rule out life-threatening emergencies. To do that, they look at patients differently than a primary care doctor or specialist. They think, “What’s the absolute worst thing that could be happening to cause these symptoms?” They want to make sure it’s not any of those life-threatening illnesses that need to be treated right away. If it is an emergency, they will start life-saving treatments immediately.
     
    After that, ER doctors strive to make a diagnosis. They give you the proper care you need to make sure you’re medically stable before sending you home as well. They may also send you to a specialist for further care.
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    You should take your child to the emergency room for a cough if the cough has been persistent and with shortness of breath and associated with fever.
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    The most common household accidents that could send you to the emergency room (ER) are falls, poisoning and burns. The most common preventable accidents in the home are falls, which can cause serious injuries, such as fractures, contusions, wounds and head trauma. Falls can also be fatal. By far the most unsafe area of your home is the bathroom and the most unsafe activity is getting out of the bathtub or shower.  
     
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    A designated trauma emergency room (ER) provides certain services that a non-trauma ER does not. Trauma ERs provide the specialties and subspecialties necessary to take care of the variety of injuries that a trauma patient may sustain. This requires a commitment from the providers of these subspecialties that are not necessarily present with a non-trauma ER (e.g., 24 hour neurosurgical coverage, 24 hour orthopedic trauma coverage, 24 hour ophthalmology coverage).
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    Because trauma or injury involves many different areas of the body, it requires a lot of teamwork. A trauma team involves a trauma surgeon, orthopedists to take care of any fractures that might happen in the extremities and neurosurgeons to treat any head injuries. A trauma team also has access to specialties such as ear, nose and throat (ENT) and facial trauma.
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    When you arrive at the emergency room (ER) with a child, you will be seen in a triage area where a registered nurse (RN) will get a brief history of the nature of your child’s emergency and take your child’s vital signs. If the vital signs are concerning for something needing immediate attention, you and your child will be brought directly to a treatment room. If your child is well-appearing, you may be asked to wait in the pediatric waiting area until a room becomes available, although every effort is made to bring every child directly to a room if they are available.
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    Level I and Level II centers are defined as definitive trauma care facilities. Definitive trauma care centers must be able to provide full services to trauma patients within the facility. Level II centers are not required to, but may, provide definitive care for pediatrics, serious burns and reimplantation of limbs.
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    How Do Doctors Determine When a Patient Should Enter Emergency Services?
    In this video, IIya Chern, Director of Emergency Department at Plantation General Hospital, describes how doctors decide when a patient should enter emergency services. 
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    What Is the Role of a Social Worker in the Trauma Unit?
    Watch Jessica Rigal, trauma social worker at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute, explain the role of social workers in the trauma unit. 
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    How Do Medical Professionals Work Together in a Trauma Unit?
    Teamwork is essential for trauma care, according to Stanley Kurek, DO, FACS, medical director of the Trauma Center at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute. Kurek explains why there must be a team approach to trauma care in this video.