Free First Aid Kit
Be prepared for life's minor emergencies with a free first aid kit from Texas Health Alliance.
Emergency services at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance include physicians on the hospital's medical staff, registered nurses and paramedics, who are all trained in emergency care and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The emergency care team members receive continual training in the use of specialized lifesaving equipment and techniques, which includes trauma, pediatrics and elderly, and both minor and emergent care. Fifteen universal treatment rooms are available.
Emergency Care Close to Home
If you or a family member needs emergency care, here are few things to keep in mind that may help make your visit more pleasant:
- Stay calm and communicate your symptoms as best you can.
- Doctors and nurses rate the severity of each patient’s injury or illness when he/she enters the ED to determine how quickly and in what order the patient needs to be treated. The ED does not operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The average wait time to see a provider in an ED is 48.7 minutes, according to 2009 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mornings are the least busy time in the ED.
- A hospital ED functions differently than an urgent care facility. Emergency departments treat all types of medical emergency, including those that are severe and life-threatening. Urgent care facilities treat minor injuries and illnesses such as flu, minor bone fractures, minor cuts needing stitches, rashes, insect bites and the like, according to the ACEP. The ED does occasionally receive transfers from urgent care facilities when a patient’s condition warrants.
- The goal of the ED is to recognize and stabilize an emergency.
- When you come to the ED, the ACEP suggests bringing a list of medications and allergies and knowing your medical and immunization history. This will aid doctors and nurses in the care process.
ER: To go or not to go?
Deciding when an injury or illness rises to the level of a medical emergency can sometimes be tricky. How do you know if the sudden abdominal pain that woke you at 3 a.m. warrants a trip to the emergency department (ED)?
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has developed a list of warning signs to help you know when it’s time to get to the nearest ER. This list and more tips for navigating the ED can be found on the ACEP’s website www.emergencycareforyou.org:
- 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
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