Emergency room (ER) doctors and other medical personnel are trained to care for unexpected severe illnesses, traumatic events, emergent cases and injuries where treatment cannot be delayed and/or if delaying treatment would result in a life-threatening occurrence. If you must go to an ER you should expect to be triaged and your condition stabilized. Next steps will be determined, which may result in more tests, an admission to the hospital or a recommendation to follow up with your primary care provider, among others.
1 AnswerThe most common injuries seen in an emergency room (ER) are from cuts, broken bones, falls, head injuries, sports injuries, bicycle or skateboarding accidents, boating accidents and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or car accidents, along with life’s daily bumps and bruises.
1 AnswerAn emergency room (ER) is the best place to get treatment for severe and life-threatening conditions. If you have intense symptoms or any other condition of serious concern, heading straight to the ER may be the better option. Should you need to be admitted, you'll have saved yourself an extra trip and avoided a delay in treatment. An ER also allows access to more diagnostic tests than an urgent care center. Urgent care centers are generally not equipped to deal with major medical traumas or conditions. If your condition isn’t life threatening but you still need medical attention, an urgent care center could be a good option. These health care facilities generally offer extended hours, providing treatment when your regular doctor's office is closed. Always be sure to follow up with your primary care physician after a trip to the ER or an urgent care center.
1 AnswerTypically it is important to follow up with your pediatrician after your child's ER visit to ensure that your child is responding to treatment appropriately or improving as expected. In addition, it is important for the pediatrician to follow up on any lab tests that may have been drawn during ER visit. Your child's health depends on open communication and continuity of care with your pediatrician.
1 AnswerWesley Medical Center answeredEmergency room (ER) wait times are approximate and provided for informational purposes only. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.
The ER wait time represents the time it takes to see a qualified medical professional, defined as a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Physician Assistant (PA) or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP).
ER wait times represent a four-hour rolling average updated every 30 minutes, and is defined as the time of the person's arrival until the time he or she is greeted by a qualified medical professional. People are triaged at arrival and are then seen by a qualified medical professional in priority order based on their presenting complaint and reason for visit.
1 AnswerThe federal Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) requires that all Medicare-participating healthcare facilities inquire about and provide information to patients on advance directives. It also requires these facilities to provide community education on advance directives. All healthcare facilities are required to:
- provide information about healthcare decision-making rights
- ask all patients if they have an advance directive
- educate their staff and community about advance directives
- not discriminate against patients based on an advance directive status
1 AnswerThe following resources are useful for family conversations about advance directives:
- The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. The focus is on generating conversations about healthcare wishes with family members and ensuring individuals have thought through what they want at the end of life.
- DeathWise is passionate about motivating people to talk about, make decisions, plan for the end of their lives and then documenting their wishes in an advance directive to ensure their preferences are communicated to their medical services providers, family and friends. Wise Conversations provides trained coaches to meet with and guide small groups of people through conversations about clarifying choices and the process of completing advance directives.
- Engage with Grace helps people discuss what's important to them so their end-of-life experience is just as purposeful as the way in which they live their life. Their movement calls on people to engage in a blog rally every Thanksgiving and also has a call to action to participate in their One Slide project. The One Slide features just five questions designed to get the conversation about end-of-life care started with loved ones.
- Coda Alliance has a "Go Wish Game," a card game that is a simple way to think and talk about what's important to individuals and their family members if someone becomes seriously ill.
- LastingMatters helps any adult, at any age, compile, document and clearly communicate important information, intentions and wishes. The LastingMatters Organizer is a practical and comprehensive planning guide helping to reduce the costs, time, stress and family pressures associated with the death of a loved one.
- My Gift of Grace is a conversation game for living and dying well. Designed as a fun, engaging way to start conversations with any group, the game is a tool suitable for players at all life stages.
- The My Healthcare Wishes App is a smartphone application for storing advance directives and other important health information.
- PREPARE, also referred to as PREPARE For Your Care, is an interactive website serving as a resource for families navigating medical decision making.
1 AnswerThe following are places where you can find advance directive documents:
- A|D Vault/MyDirectives -- Complete free advance directives online
- Aging With Dignity (Five Wishes) -- Order online
- Caring Connections -- Download free state-specific advance directives
- Center for Practical Bioethics --Download for free
- Compassion & Choices -- State-specific advance directive material
- DeathWise -- Download free state-specific advance directives
- Everplans -- Checklists and free state-specific advance directives
- Lifecare Advance Directives -- Advance directive support documents
- MedicAlert Foundation -- Advance directives for all 50 states
- National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives
- Project GRACE
- The Will to Live Project
- The Patients’ Rights Council
- U.S. Living Will Registry
1 AnswerNational Kidney Foundation answeredThe role and responsibilities of a medical surrogate, as well as the types of decisions the surrogate may make, may vary from state to state, depending on the laws of that state. Generally, the surrogate must follow your wishes. For more information about naming a surrogate and about the laws in your state, you may speak with an attorney or the social worker at your unit. To obtain copies of the forms used in your state, you may contact your local or state bar association.