Emergency Care For You

Meet the Team

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.

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Why Am I Waiting So Long?

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.

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Checking into the ER

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.

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Use "ICE" in Your Cell Phone

Emergency physicians are recommending that people with cellular phones add "ICE'" entries into their cell phone address books.

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Urgent Care or ER? Don't Make The Wrong Choice

Emergency physicians are concerned that people are confused about when to seek medical care in emergency departments. Nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of emergency physicians responding to a poll said they treat patients every day who ended up in the ER after first seeking help in urgent care centers that were not equipped to care for them.

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Preparing for Emergencies

One of the most important factors in preparing for medical emergencies is to do everything you can to prevent them. Always put safety first by practicing caution and common sense and following safety instructions when given.

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Prepare for Disasters

There are numerous family disasters that can occur, but many ways to prepare for them are similar. ACEP recommends that families first identify what types of disasters are common in their region.

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Organize Your Important Medical Information

Medical Forms Organize your family's medical information. Complete medical history forms on each family member and keep up to date copies in your home, car, first aid kits and wallet. Take the forms you need when you go to the emergency department. Complete consent to treat forms for each child. (Separate forms are available for special needs children.) Provide copies to all caregivers (e.g., babysitters, relatives, school nurses, and teachers). This form will allow caregivers to authorize treatment in an emergency situation when you're away from your child.

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Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Don’t Have Living Wills — Do You?

It’s a difficult topic for many to discuss let alone take action on. What are your legal health care wishes in the unfortunate chance you are incapacitated and can’t speak or act for yourself?

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How Can An Emergency Department Assist Patients And Caregivers At The End Of Life?

Dying is an inevitable event. That said, the process of dying, a phase often referred to as "the end of life" can be puzzling and frightening to patients and caregivers.

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