When you walk into the waiting room, the first thing you will do is check in at the front desk. You will be asked to provide basic information, such as your name, address, date of birth and reason for the visit.
Emergency physicians are committed to providing high quality emergency care as quickly as possible to all patients, but if you’ve been to a hospital emergency department lately, you most likely know that many of America's ERs are overcrowded.
There are more than a dozen staff members in an emergency department, each with specialized training to address the any emergency. Here are four key players.
Your physician will obtain a thorough history and perform a physical exam in order to treat you. He or she may need (though not always) to order tests, which could include blood tests and imaging studies (Xray, ultrasound, CT scan or others) to help make a diagnosis.
If you are very sick or injured, or if extensive tests or surgery are needed, you may be admitted to the hospital. If you think you may be admitted you should be prepare for your visit by bringing a change of clothes plus whatever personal items you might be need—eyeglasses, for example.