When you seek emergency care, who will be in charge of your treatment?
Several staff members work together to ensure that every patient gets
the interventions they need in the ER, from
stroke care to stitches. Here are some of the people you can expect to encounter when
you get emergency care.
After a receptionist in the ER takes your personal information, the first
member of the medical staff you will encounter is usually a triage nurse.
Triage nurses are responsible for collecting information about patients’
symptoms and making a decision about the urgency of their needs. Under
this system, patients who are experiencing life-threatening emergencies,
like strokes or heart attacks, get treated before people with less serious
conditions. Triage nurses also take your vitals and begin a medical record
for your visit that other providers will add to as you proceed through the ER.
When you are moved to a treatment room, the primary nurse is the next provider
you will meet. In the ER, primary nurses are trained to respond a wide
range of medical complaints and react quickly to begin treatment for life-threatening
conditions. Additionally, primary nurses typically answer the questions
families have when loved ones are receiving emergency care and arrange
for patients to admitted for inpatient care when necessary. These nurses
are assisted by other nurses in the ER who provide supportive care and
assist the primary nurses managing patient cases.
ER physicians are specially trained in providing critical care for a number
of different conditions. They evaluate symptoms and either direct treatments
to begin or order additional lab tests or diagnostic imaging to make a
diagnosis. When necessary, the attending ER physician may refer patients
to specialists for advanced care, such as cardiologists or neurologists.
The ER at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center provides life-saving
care 24 hours a day with highly trained staff, including specialists,
on hand around the clock. We are also pleased to bring emergency care
in Las Vegas to more residents with our
ER at The Lakes facility, set to open in the third quarter of 2016. Speak to one of our
nurses or learn more about emergency care by calling (702) 880-2700.