An ER visit can be confusing and stressful, no matter what your age. Knowing what to expect and being prepared can help speed up the process and relieve some anxiety.
While not all emergency departments use the exact same processes, most have similar approaches to caring for patients.
Where Should I Go?
If you are experiencing a lifethreatening emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number.
When you walk into the waiting room, the first thing you will do is check in at the front desk.
Your physician will obtain a thorough history and perform a physical exam in order to treat you.
Admission to the Hospital
If you are very sick or injured, or if extensive tests or surgery are needed, you may be admitted to the hospital.
Your ER Checklists
To prepare for medical emergencies, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has developed checklists of how to prepare for an emergency. These are not intended to be comprehensive lists.
Meet the Team
Medical History Forms
Home First Aid Kit
Traveler's First Aid Kit (PDF)
Emergency Manual Homepage
Seconds Save Lives brochure (PDF)