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what happens in the emergency department

At Condell Medical Center's Emergency Department (ED), there is a highly organized system designed to address the needs of every patient. The more urgent cases will be seen first. That means that a patient having a heart attack will be seen sooner than someone with a sprained ankle, regardless of arrival time.

Here is a typical ED visit:

  • After you explain your emergency, a triage nurse will assess your condition.
  • You will be asked to wait or go immediately to an exam room depending on the severity of your illness or injury.
  • Once inside the exam room, a nurse will ask you a few questions and then fills out paperwork for the doctor to review.
  • The doctor examines you as soon as possible and orders tests as needed.
  • Your tests, such as X-rays, blood analysis and CT scans, will be performed and evaluated by a specialist.
  • Your ED doctor will review your test results with you and explain next steps in your care.
  • Your care may include being seen by an on-call specialist, such as a cardiologist or surgeon, being admitted to the hospital or receiving care in the ED and being discharged.
  • If sent home, you will be advised to follow up with your personal physician. We will give you a referral if you do not have a doctor.

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