Dameron's Emergency Department (ED) offers emergency services and urgent primary care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An emergency physician is available at all times. Also, the ED is staffed with highly qualified nurses who maintain certifications necessary to treat both emergency and non-emergency patients.
Sophisticated monitoring equipment in the emergency room (ER) is available to aid in the diagnosis and evaluation of victims of severe trauma, possible heart attack or other life-threatening situations. The Emergency Department can also provide treatment for minor, non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses through our Fast Track unit.
When to use the Emergency Room
The Emergency Room is here to care for the people in our community who have a life-threatening illness or injury. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recommends that anyone with the following symptoms seek immediate medical attention:
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Unusual abdominal pain
- Fainting, dizziness, weakness
- Changes in vision
- Confusion or changes in mental status
- Difficulty walking
- Sudden or severe pain
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Suicidal or homicidal feelings
- Difficulty speaking
If you or a loved one is suffering from any of the above warning signs, it’s crucial that you go to your nearest hospital ED as quickly as possible or dial 9-1-1 for an ambulance. Remember, symptoms that might not be as serious in an adult could be very severe for children.
Emergency Triage & the ED Waiting Room
When you arrive at the Emergency Department at Dameron, you will be assessed by a nurse who is skilled in triage, which is a system used to make sure the sickest patients are taken care of first. The nurse will assess your condition as quickly as possible by talking to you about the reasons that you came for emergency care, your allergies, and the medications that you take. This triage system allows patients to be seen according to the seriousness of their illness.
Once you have seen the triage nurse, you may be taken immediately into the ER or asked to wait in the Emergency Department waiting room. Dameron's recently remodeled ED waiting room has been expanded and redesigned for optimal efficiency, patient security, and comfort – all to help create a more healing environment for patients, families, visitors, and hospital staff. The new layout makes it easier to start care as soon as patients walk through the door.
Important things to bring with you
We understand that most visits to the Emergency Department aren't planned. However, if possible, being prepared and knowing what to expect can help alleviate some of the stress you may experience. When visiting our Emergency Department, here are some things to make sure you bring with you to help expedite your treatment.
- Your health insurance information card (including Medicare and supplemental plan information)
- Photo identification (driver's license, passport, etc.)
- A list of the medications that you take, or the bottles containing your medicine and vitamins and other pills not prescribed by your doctor
- Any records or recent test results you may have concerning your health
- A list of immunizations (If you are bringing your child to the ER)
- A list of emergency contacts and contact information for your regular medical providers