Tips for Good Emergency Care
In the event of an emergency, there are some key things to be aware of that can improve and maybe even shorten your visit to the emergency center. As always in case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency center.
Time of Day
Morning hours are less busy in an emergency center than in the afternoon. While no one decides the time an emergency takes place, if an event does occur early in the day, it’s better to go ahead and make the trip rather than wait.
Be sure to bring your driver’s license and insurance information.
It’s important to most Emergency Trauma teams that each patient feels as relaxed as possible, and having loved ones nearby helps ensure that feeling. At Baptist and Gulf Breeze hospitals up to two family members or close friends may be at a patient’s bedside during most times. So that the nurses and physicians can provide the best possible care to you and other patients, it is best to minimize the number of people who accompany you to the emergency center.
When you arrive to an Emergency and Trauma care department, the clinical team members will ask questions about your condition, take your blood pressure and ask other assessment questions. During that time, it’s helpful to share a list of any medications you are taking. Clinical staff can then develop a care plan and set you on your way to feeling better.
Remember too, that if you need spiritual support during your emergency center visit, a chaplain may be available. St Baptist Hospital a chaplain is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These trained, compassionate people provide a vital level of caregiver service to help your through your crisis.