Preparing for Your ER Visit
Before an emergency arises, have a plan
for what to do with other family members, such as children. If they are not
old enough to stay by their self, make a list of relatives or neighbors that
can help at a moment's notice.
Please make sure to bring your medications, or your
list of medicine(s) and any known allergies. You may know this by heart, but
in an emergency, it is sometimes difficult to remember. It is a good idea to
keep an up-to-date
Health History Record
easily accessible to bring with you.
Please ask questions if you are uncertain
Please be patient! Tests and procedures
that ordinarily would take several days to complete can be done here in
several hours. Those hours will yield crucial information, but may be
tiresome for you.
Make sure you let us know the name of
your primary doctor.
Make sure we have your current address,
telephone number, ID Card and insurance information.
We are committed to providing care to all
patients. Insurance agencies and other 3rd party payers require us to gather
information. If you have any questions or concerns please ask a staff
For Infants and Children
1. Please pack a bag with extra diapers,
bottles and necessities.
2. Bring a few comfort items for your child
such as a blanket, stuffed animal or other favorite item.
3. Bring a few toys, books or other items
that may help your child remain calm while waiting.
4. If your child has swallowed a medication
or household substance, please bring the container with you. If your child has
swallowed an object, bring an example of the object if possible.
5. If you think your child may be admitted,
bring along some necessities such as a change of clothes and a toothbrush.
Other Helpful Information
- An ATM is located
in the Basement Lobby
- Vending Machines
are located near the main elevators
- Smoking is not
allowed in the hospital. There are designated smoking areas near the Cafe
Common ER Terminology
ER doctors and nurses may use words that
are new to you. Here's what some of them mean:
- triage - a process
that helps doctors see the sickest patients first
- admitted - to stay
in the hospital overnight
- chart - a paper that
records your temperature, heart rate, and how the doctor will help you
- discharged - to be
sent home from the hospital
- sutures - stitches
to help deep cuts heal
- injection - a shot
- papoose - a soft
board with Velcro straps that is used to keep arms and legs still so doctors
can put in stitches or take care of an injury without you moving around too
- stat - to do
something as fast as possible