Emergency room hospital staff see more variety in patient conditions during one shift than other medical professionals see in entire weeks or even months of work.
For this reason, it is important for staff members to stay organized and stick to a routine system to ensure that every patient gets the care he or she needs as soon as possible.
Common ER Conditions Some of the more common conditions that bring patients to the hospital include:
- Broken bones and severe cuts
- Burn injuries
- Strokes, heart attacks, and chest pain
- Car accident injuries
- Severe allergic reactions to foods or medications
- Overdose of medication or accidental ingestion of toxic chemicals
- Breathing issues
Fast and effective treatment can mean the difference between a person making a full recovery from an injury or illness, or facing much more serious complications.
When you enter the emergency services room, a nurse immediately records your vital signs and retrieves your medial history in order to help evaluate your condition.
Most intensive care units classify incoming patients into one of three general categories:
- Immediately life threatening
- Urgent, not immediately life threatening
- Less Urgent