1. What is triage?
Triage is a medical term that means “assigning of priority” of patients that have presented to the Emergency Room for treatment. Critical patients are seen before a patient with a non-critical condition, regardless of what time you arrived to the Emergency Room.
2. What should I bring with me to the Emergency Room?
3. What should I expect at the Emergency Room?
Patients or a close family member must register the patient with the Admissions clerk located inside the Emergency Room entrance. Patients will be triaged to assess the severity of their injury/illness. Once triaged, patients are moved into examination rooms to be evaluated by the Emergency Room Physician.
4. What should I expect when being discharged from the Emergency Room?
When you leave the Emergency Room, you will be given a copy of discharge instructions, that includes medication and home care instructions. You will be told to follow up with a primary care physician or specialist. It is very important to us that you understand your discharge instructions. If you have questions please ask the nurse before you leave the Emergency Room.
If you had test done and are waiting on the results, you will be instructed by the nurse on how to obtain your test results. It is important that you give us the correct phone number and other contact information, so the nurse can contact you, if needed.
5. What is your wait time?
Each day is different in the Emergency Room, therefore, wait times vary from day to day or even hour to hour. You will be seen immediately if you have a critical, life threatening condition or event. Most of our patients are seen within 20 minutes of arrival, for an up to date wait time, see our current wait time located on our home page @ www.baileymedicalcenter.com . This wait time is based on a four-hour rolling average and is defined as the time of patient arrival until the time that the patient is assessed by a BMC employee.