How to Prepare for Your Next Emergency Room Visit 

How to Prepare for Your Next Emergency Room Visit 

Dec 01, 2019

According to the Center for Disease Control, 136.3 million Americans visit the emergency room every year. Some of these emergencies are injury-related, while others are caused by illnesses. However, regardless of the severity of the medical emergency, whether mild or severe, visiting an ER near you is paramount to prevent any further complications.

Although most of the medical emergencies are successful, the success rate is dependent on two things: the response of the emergency team, and to some extent the patient’s preparedness.

At Austin Emergency Room, we have a freestanding and equipped ER with board-certified physicians ready to attend to you. We understand that accidents occur unexpectedly and it’s hard to be fully prepared, but here are some tips to make your next ER visit a successful one.

1. Have All the Required Information

Our medical team will be able to attend to you promptly if you have the necessary information such as your medical history. It is crucial to provide the nurse with updated medical information especially if you have a preexisting medical problem.

Having this information will enable us to make an informed decision on the type of tests that you may require. Yes, we handle and treat a variety of emergencies, but there’s no standard test that is done on everyone; we personalize our treatment based on your medical condition and the information you provide will come in handy. Additionally, share your insurance policy information with us for fast billing and processing.

It is also crucial to have a list of the type of medications you are taking. Prepare a list of the prescription, non-prescription, and supplements that you are currently taking and the dosage. You can bring the empty bottles if you deem it necessary, but a comprehensive list will suffice.

2.  Have ICE Contacts Ready

ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency” contacts. Indicate your primary physician contacts, next of kin (if possible), and close family members who can be notified when an accident occurs. The information is crucial because at times you may not be able to communicate with the ER doctor and you need a family member to share the relevant information.

3.  Stay Calm and Don’t Be Intimated

The emergency room is often crowded with doctors and nurses moving from one place to the next. The commotion can be confusing, but don’t let it scare you. Prepare yourself mentally for what is to come and if possible bring something to keep you busy.

On arrival, a triage nurse will take your body vitals and rank your symptoms based on the emergency. If it’s not a life-threatening situation, you may have to wait for your turn based on your condition, so having something to keep you occupied can help a lot.

4. Be Specific About Your Symptoms

At the ER be specific when it comes to communicating how you feel. Don’t exaggerate the symptoms; share clearly what brought you to the ER. If you feel you can’t communicate eloquently, bring a friend or family member with you to talk on your behalf. Nevertheless, having a detailed medical report with you can give the ER doctor an idea of what the problem could be.

5. Know the Fastest Route to the ER

Determine the fastest route to the ER in Austin. It is important to call an ambulance instead of driving to the hospital if you think the emergency is life-threatening or could worsen on the way to the hospital.

Remember to call your family doctor on your way to the ER.

6.  Know What Constitutes an Emergency

Not all conditions are medical emergencies, so it’s vital to know what is an emergency and what isn’t. Seek emergency care if you have shortness of breath, dizziness, blurry and changes in vision, confusion or sudden change in behavior, coughing blood or sudden severe pain among others.

If you experience any of these symptoms or have an unstable existing medical condition, come to our emergency room 78741 for assistance.

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