Fishermen’s Community Hospital Emergency Services Department provides urgent and emergent health care 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The care is delivered by qualified medical professionals in a protected and sanitary environment using advanced state-of-the-art equipment and technology.
The emergency department staff consists of specially skilled and certified doctors and nurses from some of the nation’s leding medical schools and universities who are trained to handle life-threatening situations, such as heart attacks, automobile accidents and major illnesses. Their years of experience and extra-caring attitude enables them to in addition to treating minor accidents such as sprains, cuts and abrasions.
When Should I Go to the Emergency Department?
More than 300,000 Americans on average are treated in our nation’s emergency departments every day, according to the latest government statistics, and patients are treated for a wide variety of medical conditions.How do you decide when a medical condition rises to the level of a medical “emergency?” The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) offers a list of warning signs that indicate a medical emergency, which are also available with additional health and safety information on the organization’s Web site
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
- Changes in vision
- Confusion or changes in mental status
- Any sudden or severe pain
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Suicidal feelings
- Difficulty speaking
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual abdominal pain
Children have unique medical problems and may display different symptoms than adults. Symptoms that are serious for a child may not be as serious for an adult. Children may also be unable to communicate their condition, which means an adult will have to interpret the behavior. Always get immediate medical attention if you think your child is having a medical emergency.
If you or a loved one think you need emergency care, come to the emergency department and have a doctor examine you. If you think the medical condition is life-threatening or the person’s condition will worsen on the way to the hospital, then you need to call 9-1-1 and have the Emergency Medical Services provider come to you.
What to Bring
Emergency departments see patients based on the severity of their illnesses or injuries, not on a first-come, first serve basis. With that in mind, To get the best care quickly, follow these suggestions:
- What’s the name of the medication you are taking?
- How often do you take it and for how long?
- A list of allergies is important, especially if there are many of them. Be sure to include medications, foods, insects or any other product that may cause an allergic reaction.
- Bring a medical history form with you. ACEP has medical history forms available on its Web site.•
- Know your immunizations: This will likely be a long list for children; mainly tetanus, flu and Hepatitis B for adults.
- Remain calm: Obviously it is difficult to remain composed if you’ve been badly injured, but a calm attitude can help increase communication with the doctors and nurses who are caring for you.
The ER parking lot is for emergency patients, their family and doctors. If you are visiting patients or coming in for a procedure, imaging or lab, you may park in any available space.