The emergency services department at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton handles thousands of emergencies each year. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, our team of staff physicians, nurses, and emergency medical technicians are ready to handle any critical situation within our full range of hospital specialties.
With 28 all-private rooms, two full-service trauma rooms, two cardiac treatment rooms and two obstetric/gynecology rooms, our emergency services department has integrated convenience and accessibility with a warm, caring atmosphere.
We offer Fast Track ER, designed to dramatically cut the time it takes you to receive medical attention. Every emergency medicine physician on the medical staff is board-certified.
Plus, we have a Clinical Decision Unit, which allows your physician and the ER personnel time to evaluate your health status, which will reduce unnecessary admissions. Our ER is designed to offer you the quality of care you deserve.
Chest Pain Accreditation
Texas Health Denton has earned Cycle IV Chest Pain Accreditation, meaning we have been recognized for exceptional timeliness in responding to heart attacks.
The Chest Pain Center at Texas Health Denton seeks to provide patients experiencing symptoms of a heart attack quicker access to physicians who can evaluate their condition and provide treatment. Several leading cardiologists in Denton provide cardiology services at Texas Health Denton.
Another important goal of the Chest Pain Center is to provide an environment for monitoring patients who require further observation to determine whether their condition represents a cardiovascular emergency. This helps to deliver appropriate treatment for those who require immediate care.
Primary Stroke Center
Texas Health Denton was the first hospital in Denton County to earn The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for certification as a Primary Stroke Center. The certification came after an on-site evaluation of the hospital by the Joint Commission. The hospital also received designation as a Primary Stroke Center from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Each year, about 795,000 people experience a recurrent stroke, the nation's third leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2009, stroke cost the United States an estimated $68.9 billion, including the cost of health care services, medications, and missed days of work, according to the CDC.
The Joint Commission bases its Primary Stroke Center Certification on recommendations published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association.
Urgency of the Emergency
When should you call an ambulance instead of driving to the emergency department? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the victim's condition life-threatening?
- Could the victim's condition worsen and become life-threatening on the way to the hospital?
- Could moving the victim require the skills or equipment of paramedics or emergency medical technicians?
- Would distance or traffic conditions cause a delay in getting the victim to the hospital?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, or if you are unsure, it's best to call an ambulance.