10 things you might not know about the ER

10 things you might not know about the emergency department | KevinMD | by Kristin Prentiss Ott.

 Wait times in most emergency departments are ridiculous. But, if you have a real emergency, you won’t have to wait. 

Patients with chief complaints like “GSW abdomen” and “found down/unresponsive” don’t wait to be seen.  And if the day ever comes (God forbid) that you have one of those problems, you won’t either.

(Insider tip for non-emergencies:  show up around 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning and you probably won’t have to wait.)

My best advice is to avoid the emergency department altogether if you can.  But if you have a real emergency, there’s no better place to be.

Ms Ott describes 10 misunderstandings about the ER in the article.

 

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