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5 Tips if going to the ED

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5 Tips if Going to the ED

Having to go to the Emergency Department can be frightening – We know we are not seeing you at your best and often times we are there to help you through a major medical crisis.  While no visit is easy here are some tips that may make your visit a little easier.

  1. Is the ER really the right place for you ? Did you know that of all patient visits in busy ED’s only between 30% of the pateints are actually admitted.   In fact most patients are treated and discharged and usually after a significant wait.  Many ailments can actually be treated in an Urgent Care Center or in many of the “Free Standing ER’s” being set up by hospital networks.  Medication refills, pregnancy tests (yes we do see this) mild abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and many more complaints can be treated in Urgent Cares.  Chest pain, seizures, worst headache of your life, major lacerations, stroke symptoms, broken bones– Head to the ED !
  2. History & Physical – We are going to ask you tons of questions so please know your history and these questions may be asked by multiple providers !  When we ask past medical history and you answer “none” you need to know that history is anything that you have been diagnosed with even if that condition is under control with the use of medication – so that includes Hypertension, Diabetes and High Cholesterol even if those conditions are well controlled with medications.  Please also know the surgeries and approximate dates for those operations.  Family history is also important – we are interested in all family history but most importantly mother, father and siblings.  Know your allergies.  Please know height and weight (though we will weigh you for weight based meds).
  3. Medications – Please bring in a list of ALL mediations. That includes all over the counter meds, vitamins and supplements. Please see medication record tip at the bottom
  4. Please bring a friend/family member or another set of eyes and ears – While we may bring only you in initially (in order for us to get you triaged, labs drawn, immediate blood work etc) we do appreciate someone who can provide additional information and also for your sake someone who can act as your advocate. It is not unusual if you have pain or discomfort to not remember instructions or information that is often provided to you.  If you come from a large family please designate one spokesperson and point of contact.  It is so much easier for all concerned to only have to relay information once.  Ask questions – yes we love questions – and respectfully question why we are doing certain tests etc !  Most Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics will not take offence at being sked why they are doing certain things.
  5. Leave all valuables at home: Do you really need that $10,000 ring and watch in the ED? And while you may have been brought in by ambulance please, at your earliest conveience, give a family member your personal belongings.

 

One last piece of information – the definition of triage is (in medical use) “the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment of a large number of patients or casualties.”  ED personnel are REALLY good at determining degrees of urgency.  If a person who came into triage gets assigned a room before you, there is usually good reason. This may include any of the following A.  Their emergency is more acute than yours B.  A bed has become available in an area they are appropriate for ie an OB/GYN emergency may be seen in a different area as may a minor emergency than an abdominal pain.  C. Patient may be directly admitted through the ED for things like ohhhhhh Transplant and many more.  Believe me as a former ED/Trauma Nurse we like nothing more than treating patients and discharging them – we don’t like overflowing waiting rooms as much as you don’t and our goal is to get you seen and discharged as quickly as possible.

Here’
s a great medication card that you can put in your wallet.  A little trick – write your meds in pencil – therefore if your provider changes the frequency or dose you only have to erase and change those items and wont have to completely rewrite the card.

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If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Dolores at Synergy Health and Wellness  at 561-866-1211.

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Author: Synergy Health and Wellness

Hi and thanks for visiting Synergy Health and Wellness. I’m Dolores, a Board Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and my focus is to make a difference in the Lives, Health and Wellness of my patients. My career began in Broward General a busy inner city hospital with a robust Emergency and Level 1 Trauma department with over 350 patient visits per day. In addition to ED and Trauma I also had 1 year experience in the area of Liver transplant providing care to pateints from all over the United States. My experience working in the emergency department lead me to become more and more frustrated with the repetitive patient ailments that could have been treated with education in diet, exercise and overall Health and Wellness. I came to see that we spent more time, effort, money and resources treating diseases and chronic health conditions rather than focusing on prevention. This opened my eyes to adult Health, women’s Health, the problem of addiction and holistic preventative Health and Wellness which would change the direction of my career. Returning to school my focus became Health, Wellness, Prevention and Maintenance and the treatment of the whole person, mind, body and soul. My masters thesis research concentrated on the development of a nursing model using Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners in the workplace and outpatient settings to ensure population compliance with routine preventive screening, preventative medicine and education of patient populations which would eventually decrease future medical problems for individuals and corporate employees. This model utilizes other specialties such as dieticians, personal trainers and fitness professionals, chiropractors, and mind-body specialists who provide yoga and meditation for stress relief and general improvements in Health and wellbeing. My masters level thesis demonstrates that a synergistic approach to health and wellbeing will be the future model for healthcare and prevention and forms the basis of my everyday practice. In my free time I practice the Healthy lifestyle that preach and try to instill in my patients. I enjoy weight training, running, competitive obstacle events and I actively participate in local community events by participating and volunteering to support local charities. Stop by and see me at Synergy Health and Wellness for personalized health and wellness assessment and treatment plans treating mind-body and soul.

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