The Emergency Department (ED) cares for patients with cardiac-related illness, drug overdoses, domestic violence, fractures, psychiatric issues, respiratory complications, traumatic injuries, and other general illnesses. The ED also sees patients with a variety of medical emergencies related to gynecology, neurology, orthopaedics, pediatrics and urology.
Bedside registration is utilized. Monitoring of all rooms is at the bedside and through a central monitoring system at the nurses' station. An electronic tracking system is used to monitor a patient’s progress and keep family members aware of that progress through the ED. Onsite radiology and lab services including CT are housed in the ED.
The Emergency Department has 28 private treatment rooms including two trauma rooms. There are 6 minor care beds (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) designed to handle non life-threatening emergencies. The ER also includes pediatric-friendly treatment rooms and a children's special play area.
The average daily census is 117 patients. The Medical Center also has two Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, or SANE nurses, trained in the care and treatment of sexual assault victims. These highly trained SANE nurses work with the other ED staff to provide care for sexual assault victims.
The Medical Center follows stringent protocols set forth by the Society of Chest Pain Centers as part of its Chest Pain Center accreditation. Evidence-based guidelines of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are also followed for the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from stroke.