Visiting the emergency room isn’t something that anyone looks forward to, but it is something that you can plan for. A little research about local hospitals can help you choose the right emergency room for your family before an injury or illness occurs.
Different hospitals specialize in different areas of medicine, which can make a huge impact on how you’re treated in an emergency. For instance, patients who are suffering the most deadly kind of heart attack, called STEMI, need extremely specific treatment that requires a cardiac catheterization lab like the one at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Very few hospitals have these facilities—and the medical experts to perform the procedures.
Meanwhile, look for hospitals that have earned accreditation as Chest Pain, Heart Failure, or Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission. These certifications indicate that the hospital offers exceptional care and cutting-edge treatment for chest pain, heart attack, and stroke. This is an especially important consideration for older patients, or those who have heart disease and related medical conditions.
What else might be important? That depends on the patient and the medical problem:
- If you’re visiting the ER with a sports injury or orthopedic complaint, opt for a hospital that has a dedicated orthopedic unit. That way any necessary rehabilitation or follow-up can be completed at the same facility.
- Kids may need specialized pediatric ER care, so find out which hospitals in your area have pediatric emergency rooms.
- Think about potential wait times. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point updates ER wait times on their website every thirty minutes, or you can text “ER” to 23000 for current times.
- If you need care for a less serious condition, like a sprain or the flu, look for a hospital with Quick Care bays. That way you’ll still get fast, attentive treatment.
If you’d like to know more about emergency medical care, please contact Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Visit us online or call Consult-a-Nurse® at 727-869-5498 or 1-888-741-5119. Our nursing staff offers free physician referrals and answers to your health questions.