A visit to the emergency department can be a scary and unpleasant experience at times. However, by recognizing what to expect, you and your family can feel more at ease knowing all that will unfold during your visit. At Houston Medical ER, the knowledgeable ER experts are dedicated to providing the highest level of emergency care. These specialists have access to technology to administer and practice state-of-the-art emergency medicine across practically every specialty. Continue reading to learn all you should expect at the ER and how to make the most of your visit.
What to Bring With You To The ER?
Circumstances might vary based on your condition. Nonetheless, the following is a list of the items to carry along and what to anticipate during an emergency department visit:
- A list of all current medications, including supplements, herbal remedies, and over-the-counter medications
- List of pharmaceutical dosages, when to take them, and when they were last taken
- Name of primary care provider
- List of recognized allergies and drug responses
- List of health conditions
- List of surgical procedures
- Next-of-kin contact
- A valid insurance card
- Social Security Card
Arrival and Triage
When you set foot at the emergency room, your doctor will ‘triage’ or evaluate the seriousness of your condition. Triage is the process of assessing your situation. It involves an assessment of the prevailing symptoms, medical concerns, and details concerning your previous allergies or health concerns. Your triage practitioner’s function is to ensure that the patients with the most urgent health concerns are seen first.
Following triage, you will be sent to a private care room where a registration team member will finish the registration procedure. Here, they will inquire concerning your health information and offer consent for medical care.
Diagnosis and Therapy
The emergency care staff that will look out for you during your visit to the ER commonly includes an emergency medicine specialist, a registered nurse, and one or more laboratory technicians. Your doctor will review your health history with you and conduct an evaluation or examination. If necessary, your doctor may suggest additional tests. Once enough information is gathered, your specialist can make a diagnosis, begin therapy, or refer you to other specialists or your primary care physician.
Nurses and other technicians will assist in fulfilling the doctor’s orders. After stabilization and emergency therapy are administered, you will be given the option of being admitted to the hospital or sent home with follow-up care guidelines.
When you leave the ER, your nurse or doctor will hand you any drugs your specialist has prescribed and go over a set of written ‘discharge guidelines’ with you. If you have any concerns or require an explanation about your follow-up treatment, you can consult with your doctor to learn more. However, the doctor might request hospitalization if your condition requires more specialized therapy that cannot be completed in an outpatient procedure.
When seconds matter, you can rely on an emergency care facility. The doctors at Houston Medical Emergency Room provide individualized emergency care for various conditions, including allergy reactions, accident trauma, nausea, flu-like symptoms, animal bites, covid 19, and many more. Arrange a same-day visit to explore their services by calling the office or using the online booking tool. Alternatively, the clinic allows walk-ins.