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What type of care can I expect in an emergency room (ER)?

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.
Dr. Daniel R. Spogen, MD
Family Practitioner
Emergency room (ER) personnel are trained to prioritize patients in order of severity and not by length of stay. This unfortunately means that people with less emergent conditions must wait longer than others. However, regardless of severity, ER personnel are trained to provide everyone with the same attention and excellent care.

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