Emergency care nurses, paramedics, employees and physicians on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance receive continual training in the use of specialized lifesaving equipment and techniques. Fifteen universal treatment rooms are available.

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 emergency room to determine how quickly and in what order the patient needs to be treated. The ER does not operate on a first-come, first-served basis.  
  • A hospital emergency department functions differently than an urgent care facility. All types of medical emergencies are treated, 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 ER does occasionally receive transfers from urgent care facilities when a patient's condition warrants.
  • The goal of the ER is to recognize and stabilize an emergency.
  • When you come to the ER, 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.

 

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