What Happens in Emergency Rooms

The other day I was watching a movie with a friend and we were laughing at how it is that movies have made people believe that emergency rooms are meant for people suffering from gunshots, accidents and other scary injuries. Having both worked in an emergency room, we couldn’t help but laugh at the picture the action movie was depicting of the emergency room. I personally was not impressed by what I saw. AS much as the scenes were horrific and pretty scary, I was not moved at all because I know too much about emergency rooms to cringe at the sight of blood gushing down from an open wound.

I am not saying that such medical cases are not available in the emergency rooms but I strongly condemn the idea that emergency rooms are for people who have had accidents and other nasty injuries. Emergency rooms are like any hospital and will help treat you from the most minor illnesses to serious conditions like heart attacks. In this article, I want to give you an insight into what it is that actually goes on in an emergency room. Here are 10 things that happen in a typical emergency room;

1. Screening

An emergency room physician or nurse will conduct thorough screening to screening to understand the problem bothering you. Through a series of questions and medical examinations, he/she is able to tell what it is that is wrong with you and understand the reason for your visit.

2. Previous medical reports check

If you are in a critical condition and cannot communicate well, the physicians will take a look at your past medical records to understand your medical history before administering any form of treatment. If you were brought by a family member, the nurses will solicit for information on your medical history.

3. Further tests

Depending on what it is that you are suffering from, there are further tests that may be required to further understand you problem. X-rays, blood tests, CT scans, Ultrasounds and many other medical tests will be used to come up with a conclusive report on what it is that you are ailing from.

4. Actual treatment

After determining what exactly it is that is bothering you, the physician will then administer the most appropriate treatment. If you need tablets to curb the flu, the physician will prescribe the same. Sometimes you are required to get a few injections or intravenous fluids to help sort out your discomfort.

5. Minor surgeries

In some cases, when you have minor injuries, you might require some minor surgeries and emergency rooms are equipped to facilitate the same. People who have been involved in accident can be operated on right in the emergency room and in case there is need for further reconstructive surgery, you will be referred to another hospital.

6. Consultation

Sometimes, people come to the emergency rooms with mere suspicions and don’t require any form of treatment. If you have any problem niggling you, feel free to always go to an emergency room and consult the doctor on the same issue. You will get more information on possible problems and if the physician finds any need to treat you, he will do so.

7. Referral to other facilities

In an emergency room, you can be referred to other medical institutions for further treatment and possible hospitalization. If a physician deems your medical condition critical, he/she will do everything possible to limit any damage while making a call on the best possible hospital nearby for you to be transferred to. Although most emergency rooms are well equipped, they most of the time don’t have every facility and all the required specialists to warrant comprehensive treatment. They therefore will do everything possible to make you comfortable and then send you out to the hospital for more treatment.

8. Presentation of your medical report

At the end of the ER visit, the physicians or the nurses will take time to inform you of your medical diagnosis and offer treatment recommendations. Your recommendations will be for discharge from the ER, admission to a specific specialty area of the hospital, or transfer to a medical facility best suited to care for your specific health need. Even without treatment, the physician can offer free advice on how you should go about your problem to avoid any further problems.

10. Platform to talk to a professional

Although this is not common in most emergency rooms, some ERs offer a platform for you to talk to a law enforcement, a lawyer, psychiatrist or any other related professional meant to help you recover from your ailment. These are appropriate for people who suffer from misfortunes like rape or attempted suicide. They are given time and a platform to talk to these people and explain what it is that is bothering them.

These are some of the most notable things that take place in emergency rooms. We will not go into details concerning the treatment procedures and the exact steps taken. The aim of the article was to demystify the thought that the emergency rooms are meant for people suffering from trauma and related injuries.