A visit to the ER is usually an unexpected event. However, there are a
few steps you can take to prepare for an unanticipated visit to the ER at
Westside Regional Medical Center. Keep your family’s medical information organized and up-to-date.
The ER medical providers will need to know about underlying health conditions,
prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and previous history of major
illnesses, surgeries, or hospitalizations. Keeping this information close
at hand can help make your visit to the emergency care department proceed smoothly.
Going Through Triage
Triage plays an important role in the emergency room. Since ER patients
are not seen on a “first come, first served” basis, triage
allows ER physicians to quickly identify which patients are in need of
rapid medical care. For example, a patient who is brought to the ER with
signs of stroke will need to be evaluated and treated sooner than a patient
who likely has an ankle sprain. During triage, the nurse will evaluate
your vital signs, assess your overall condition, and ask you some questions
about your symptoms.
Answering Basic Questions
In addition to meeting with the triage nurse, you’ll talk to a registration
clerk. The registration clerk will ask you for basic information such
as your current contact information, emergency contact, and health insurance
carrier. If you have a non-emergent condition, you’ll likely be
registered before you see a doctor. However, the registration process
does not delay your evaluation or treatment.
Receiving Medical Treatment
When you are escorted into the treatment area, a healthcare provider will
ask you more detailed questions about your health complaint, such as when
your symptoms first developed and how severe your discomfort is. You can
expect to undergo a physical exam and perhaps some diagnostic tests such
as imaging scans or laboratory tests. Then, your
doctor will explain your diagnosis, recommend an appropriate treatment plan, and either discharge you or
admit you to the hospital for further monitoring, testing, and treatment.
Emergency Department at Westside Regional Medical Center is committed to seeing emergent patients
as quickly as possible. Our modern ER serving Plantation, FL, features
a private emergency room for children to help them feel at ease with the
diagnostic and treatment process. If you have a medical emergency, please
call 911 immediately; otherwise, you can call a registered nurse at our
hospital at (954) 722-9933.