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    What Is the Difference Between a Trauma ER Versus a Non-Trauma ER?
    A trauma ER is part of a trauma system, whereas a non-trauma ER may be more on its own. Frank Yang, MD from Chippenham Hospital, explains the difference in more detail in this video.
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    Unfortunately, quality healthcare can come with a hefty price tag. An emergency room (ER) is expensive to run. That cost is seen in your bill. Fees will be much higher there than anywhere else. Even if your hospital ER is in your health insurance provider’s network, you may be required to pay the whole bill if your situation was not considered a true emergency.

    In some cases, you may need to rush to the nearest medical center, regardless of the cost. If your medical condition is not so severe and cost is an issue, you might consider urgent care. An ER may charge you twice. You might get a bill for the ER facilities and staff, and a separate one from the doctor. An urgent care center normally has only one bill.

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    How Do You Calm a Child in an ER?
    To calm a child in the emergency room, medical professionals emphasize their job is to help them feel better and will do so in a way the child can understand. Watch David Heller, DO, from Portsmouth Regional Hospital, explain more.
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    Typically trauma patients arrive at the hospital by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units. EMS alerts the emergency department (ED) that they are inbound with a trauma patient and this initiates a cascade of events behind the scenes. An alert is sent to the on-duty trauma team, which includes a trauma surgeon, emergency physician, anesthesiologist, an intensive care nurse, two ED nurses, respiratory therapist, radiology technician and a lab/blood bank technician. This team responds to the trauma room, which is specially equipped to rapidly assess and manage surgical emergencies.
     
    At the same time a team is responding to the trauma room, a computer tomography (CT) scanner and a CT technician are placed on hold and an operating room (OR) is placed on hold along with the staff needed for an OR case. Others such as the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), intensive care unit (ICU), nursing supervisor and administration are also made aware of the trauma patient, to assure that he or she moves rapidly through all departments and is placed in the proper nursing unit to optimize his or her care.
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    A power of attorney (POA) is someone you appoint to make legal and financial decisions on your behalf should you be unable to do so. In the power of attorney document, you, the “principal,” name someone to be your power of attorney and specify the powers you wish to give him or her. These powers can be limited or comprehensive. Your power of attorney can be responsible for:
    • Bill paying
    • Banking transactions
    • Investments, including the management or sale of any stocks or bonds
    • Managing or selling real estate
    • Managing insurance, including overseeing the payment of any premiums
    • Preparing and filing tax returns
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    How Is an Intensivist Utilized in the ICU?
    An intensivist often coordinates care among specialists in the ICU (intensive care unit). In this video, Ahmed El-Bershawi, MD, a pulmonologist at Riverside Community Hospital, explains how intensivists fulfill this role in critical care. 
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    A non-durable power of attorney goes into effect as soon as the document is signed. It expires if/when you are declared mentally incompetent or die, whichever comes first. You may revoke a non-durable power of attorney at any time.
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    How should I choose which ER to go to?
    If the patient is coming in by ambulance, they'll usually go to the nearest hospital, says Scott Scherr, MD, from Sunrise Hospital. Learn what to do when you have a choice between hospitals in this short video.
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    When should I go to the ER for pneumonia?
    If you're over the age of 65 and have pneumonia, or experience shortness of breath with pneumonia, go to the ER. Learn more from Gan Su, DO, with Medical City Healthcare, in this video.