Emergency Room Visits: What You Need to Know, Part 2

By Dr. Regina Hillsman

This set of tips for emergency room visits concludes with several more pointers.

6. Research the ER Staff Every ER is staffed differently. Some ERs rotate physicians, while others only employ board-certified doctors who specialize in emergency treatment. If you wish to know more about the staff of your local ER, visit the hospital website, and search for ER physician biographies.

7. Know Your Health Plan Health plans often seem labyrinthine and enact very specific terms and conditions, depending on what type of emergency care you require. If you are able, ask an ER staff member about out-of-pocket costs and what exactly your insurance will cover.

8. Ask Questions ER staff members are quite busy and focused on their work, but they also understand that people visiting the ER are anxious. If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask them. Even if your physician cannot answer them, other nurses or doctors will make time to talk to you as soon as they can.

9. Keep Your Discharge Instructions Before being discharged from the ER, make sure you have all of your post-visit instructions, such as how to take care of yourself, treatment plans, medication dosages, and so forth. Organize these papers as you receive them, and make sure to take the packet with you before going home.

10. Be Prepared to Wait Just as ERs assess patients in order of urgency, it can take time to be admitted to a hospital room, should it be required. Be tolerant, and understand that the ER staff has many other patients to care for, as well.

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