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When should I go to the emergency room?

When should I go to the emergency room?

Um, in an emergency: Sorry, but you need to help narrow this down. When you can't breathe, have severe pain, bleeding you cannot control, cannot keep fluids down due to vomiting, have prolific diarrhea, get lightheaded with position changes and/or faint, have chest pains with related symptoms, break a bone (or might have)..... Hopefully none of these are ailing you! ...Read more

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How to cope with emergency room visits?

First: Answer the question: "is the reason I am going a real emergency?" If it is to you then go. However, accept the decision of the triage person who determines who goes into the emergency room for treatment and in which order. Overall simply be patient ...Read more

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Do I go to the emergency room for a wound?

Do I go to the emergency room for a wound?

Its a start: The er can evaluate the wound and refer you for proper care. ...Read more

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How long is the average emergency room wait?

How long is the average emergency room wait?

ER time to see u: Check with your local er. Some hospitals have billboards advertising that. They have phone numbers where you can even get an appointment to be seen in the er.
Usually very early around 6 am there is a low volume of pts in most ers. Time varies according to hospital, hour of day, day of the year. ...Read more

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Why is the wait so long in the emergency room?

Why is the wait so long in the emergency room?

Congestion: The er has become the family physician for many who lack insurance or an identified medical doctor. Er's perform triage — which means they evaluate the severely ill first. This means if the initial screener does not consider you severely ill, you might have a bit of a wait to be seen. ...Read more

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At 180/104 should I be going to emergency room?

At 180/104 should I be going to emergency room?

Depends: If you usually have high blood pressure, and there are no other symptoms, take your BP medications and try to get to your doctor asap, if your blood pressure usually normal or never been that high before, and/ or you are having other symptoms like dizziness, headache, visual changes, palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, than you do need to go to er. ...Read more

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How can my taxes pay for emergency room services?

How can my taxes pay for emergency room services?

Public hospitals: Under EMTALA emergency rooms have to see any arrivals and treat them until stable irrespective of the insurance coverage. Private hospitals past the cost on to the insured. Public hospitals pass it on to the taxpayers. When Trumpcare is passed, taxes will have to pay for the 24 million new uninsured. ...Read more

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Why is there so little privacy in emergency room?

Why is there so little privacy in emergency room?

Time Factors: Sorry you are experiencing this. Many emergency rooms understand this is a problem and attempt to have private rooms, but even our department occasionally uses hall beds. We understand it is a privacy issue- but with overcrowding we would rather treat you in a less private area than leave you in the waiting room. ...Read more

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Why mustn't I use the emergency room for routine care?

Continuity of care: To get to know a patient and have coninuoty of care is the best it's difficult for the same dr to see you each time in emergency dapartments, which, by definition, are designed for emergency care. For one to use this for routine care will also increase cost and waiting times for those who may need a room for more urgent or emergent problems. It's generally much more expensive to use as well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to cope with emergency room visits?

Can you tell me how to cope with emergency room visits?

Many emergencies?: Having an emergency is a stressful time full of worry and uncertainty. In the er, we are very good at taking care of critically ill patients and any situation that requires urgent intervention. We can help get you through tough times. It is unfortunate if you have had multiple reasons to visit an er. But be advised that the er is definitely not a replacement for having a primary care doctor. ...Read more

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M at home. How do I get emergency room thing done. M alone.!

M at home. How do I get emergency room thing done. M alone.!

Call 911, if needed: A person who is having a medical emergency in the U.S. Can call 911, and the paramedics will come as soon as they can. One should stay on the phone until the paramedics arrive. ...Read more

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How can I make sure I get good care in the emergency room if alone?

ER: Define good care. It depends on your condition. Nurses is a good place to start. Er are difficult places to have care. Try to avoid goint to er, go to primary care office. ...Read more

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What are the odds that any child will end up in the emergency room?

What are the odds that any child will end up in the emergency room?

20-25%: In the us the average is between 20-25% of all children will have one or more visits to the er.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/ervisits.htm. ...Read more

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How can I help my child in the emergency room or do I have to leave?

How can I help my child in the emergency room or do I have to leave?

Love and support: Every emergency department I have every been in lets parents stay with their children. You can help by offing love, support, encouragement and being brave yourself. Children model parent's behavior, so if you are strong during evaluation and treatment (including procedures), your child will have an easier time with the visit. ...Read more

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How can I make sure my child is seen right away at the emergency room?

How can I make sure my child is seen right away at the emergency room?

Have an emergency: Ed's see patients based upon priority. The Sickest patients get seen first. If you go to the ed for cold symptoms or minor injury you can expect to wait behind those with more severe illness and injury. ...Read more

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Are emergency room visits always covered under health insurance plans?

Are emergency room visits always covered under health insurance plans?

Not always.: There are many insurance plans out there with different charges and copays for er visits. How much you will have to pay all depends on your own plan. Sometimes the easiest way to find out is to directly call and ask your insurance provider. ...Read more

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How to know if I need to go to the emergency room/accident + emergency?

How to know if I need to go to the emergency room/accident + emergency?

If you think you do: If you think you are having an emergency, go to the emergency room. That sounds simplistic, but it should be. If you are worried there is something wrong with your health that is new and possibly life threatening, life altering, or very painful, go ask an EM doc. If you have a cold and can't get in to your doctor or want just want a test done faster, do not go to the ER. ...Read more

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When you should take your baby in to the emergency room if he's coughing?

When you should take your baby in to the emergency room if he's coughing?

Shortness of...: , . Breath, turning blue, rapid or labored breathing, lethargy, pain/irritability, vomiting, stridor. High fever, in absence of one or more of the above, is generally not indicative of a major problem. ...Read more

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What will happen at the emergency room checkin if I don't have insurance?

Financial : Financial responsibility will be determined & payment for services arranged. You will be seen and treated for emergent care issues. ...Read more

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What is the average waiting time for the emergency room? Please answer quick.

What is the average waiting time for the emergency room? Please answer quick.

DEPENDS: Depends on individual hospital, depends on time of day, depends on type of medical issue. Basically the sickest or emergency (potentially life threatening cases get priority). Other good option is an Urgent Care or if problem can wait see if your doctor takes "walk-ins". One last thing call your local ER and ask how long is the wait. ...Read more

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How high can you let your temperature get before going to the emergency room?

How high can you let your temperature get before going to the emergency room?

Fever: Different individuals tolerate fever differently. You can modulate your fever with aspirin, Acetaminophen or other antipyretics, take a tepid bath, etc. Fever does not generally produce neurological changes until it exceeds 105 f, but this is only in adults. Fever alone should not necessarily drive you to go to er. You must assess other symptoms and likelihood that this is more than a virus. ...Read more

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What will happen after I've been treated in the emergency room and sent home?

What will happen after I've been treated in the emergency room and sent home?

Depends: Hopefully you will continue to improve- the goal of the emergency room is to improve your situation- or at least give you treatment to correct the problem- once you go home things should improve. If they do not improve be sure to contact your physician. ...Read more

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How can I know if it's safe to drive myself to the emergency room a mile away?

Your decision: If you do not feel comfortable driving, call an ambulance. ...Read more

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Why do you have to register first before even being triaged in the emergency room?

Why do you have to register first before even being triaged in the emergency room?

To chreate a chart: If you are clearly very ill you will be brought right back, even before registration. Some departments have protocols that allow for bedside reg of some / all patients. But for a normal er patient the registration creates a visit or account that the triage can be done on. ...Read more

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If you get hurt and it's not an emergency, what should you do? Can you still go to the emergency room?

If you get hurt and it's not an emergency, what should you do? Can you still go to the emergency room?

Yes: You can always go to ER. That said, with a rather mild injury and when time is not an issue would recommend either your physician or urgent care. That may save your time and money. Anytime there is a possibility for a life threatening consequence ER remains your best choice. ...Read more

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I'm 64 and look it — how can I get emergency room in take to give me equal priority with the young people?

I'm 64 and look it — how can I get emergency room in take to give me equal priority with the young people?

You will....: When you sign in to an er, you are placed on a list and called in order. However, the sicker u r, the faster u need to be seen. You will be treated equally, regardless of age. The more important issue is that up to 50% of er visits could be taken care of at a gp's office or clinic, in a much better way for one tenth the cost. Increasing primary care docs will save america many 100's of billions. ...Read more

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I need to go to the emergency room but I am worried because I have drugs in my system, will I get in any trouble?

Emergencies: Please do not let your worries interfere with your health. There is only negative consequences if you wait.

If the drugs are part of the problem the er team should, in an open and honest and frank way, discuss this with you. You would be wise to be open up front about anything you have taken.

There should be no negative consequence to the truth for your health care or your life. ...Read more

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When you go to the emergency room for a psych eval, what exactly happens? My sister was already admitted once and I'm nervous that she will be again.

When you go to the emergency room for a psych eval, what exactly happens? My sister was already admitted once and I'm nervous that she will be again.

It depends: On whether a person is deemed to be at risk for hurting him or herself or others, and if this isn't the case, if he/she has a condition that is felt to be amenable to inpatient treatment. Many psychiatric issues can readily managed by close outpatient follow up. ...Read more

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