Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICES

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If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

No one plans to visit the Emergency Room, but when life's accidents happen, you need on time, first-rate medical attention. Our 24-hour Emergency Department is specially trained and staffed to handle rapid diagnosis and fast track care during the critical early stages of a heart attack, stroke and shock when treatments are most effective.

At Garden City Hospital our medical staff is specially trained in identifying acute coronary early assessment, diagnosis and treatment. We are very proud of providing our community with the team, knowledge and dedication to fight America's #1 killer, heart disease.

We are also certified as a Primary Stroke Center by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. This means patients experiencing stroke symptoms receive swift, effective and often life-saving treatment. Garden City Hospital is one of an elite group of hospitals to earn this distinction. Our hospital has also received the Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association for our stroke care.

Emergencies happen without warning, but good care by Board Certified Emergency Care Physicians and Health Professionals is no accident.

OUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT FEATURES:

  • Private rooms for maximum privacy, comfort and efficiency
  • 23 Monitored beds
  • Quick registration to speed access to care and enhance patient privacy
  • Specialty treatment rooms for Fast Track Care
  • Semi-private waiting area in our Fast Track Care area for families
  • State-of-the-Art cardiac monitors for prompt identification and initiation of treatment.
  • Electronic patient information system for instant access to patient information

Our Emergency Department team consists of physicians, nurses, and administrative staff, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are specialists in emergency care, with the experience and training to deliver expert diagnosis and treatment. The emergency room features the latest technology, such as a 64-slice CT scanner and MRI machine.

IN AN EMERGENCY WHO DO I CALL?

If you believe your condition is life-threatening, call 9-1-1 or go straight to the nearest Emergency Room. Make sure you kow which ER is closest to your home and know how to get there.

If you feel your condition is not life-threatenting, call your doctor first, even if it's after regular office hours. Your doctor can advise you about coming into the office, waiting until the next morning if the office is closed or referring you directly to an emergency room.

WHAT ARE SOME GOOD REASONS TO GO TO THE ER?

  • Signs of a heart attack that last two minutes or longer. These include pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest; tightness, burning or aching under the breastbone; chest pain with light headedness.
  • Signs of a stroke, including: sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and sudden, severe headache with no known cause. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Loss of consciousness.
  • Severe shortness of breath or loss of a pulse.
  • Seizures that last more than 2 minutes, any unexpected seizures or any seizure in a child.
  • Convulsions that last more than 15 minutes or any unexpected convulsions.
  • Severe cuts where the edges won't come together or the bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of direct pressure.
  • Sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body.
  • Poisoning (Note: If possible, call the poison control center first at 1-800-222-1222 and ask for immediate home treatment advice. Such preliminary home treatment could save your life.)
  • Severe burns of all types, including chemical and electrical burns, especially on the face.
  • A serious animal bite which has broken the skin.
  • A severe or worsening reaction to an insect bite or sting, or to a medication, especially if breathing is difficult.
  • A major injury, such as a head trauma or a severe sports injury.
  • Unexplained stupor, drowsiness or disorientation.
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood.
  • Severe or persistent vomiting.
  • Signs of shock, including pale, cold clammy skin, and a weak and rapid pulse.
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings.

SHOULD I DRIVE TO THE ER OR CALL 9-1-1?

If you answer "yes" to any of the questions below, or if you are at all unsure, call 9-1-1

  • If the condition life-threatening?
  • Could the condition worsen and become life threatening on the way to the hospital?
  • Could moving require the skills or equipment of paramedics/
  • Would distance or traffic conditions cause a dely in getting to the hospital?

HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR AN EMERGENCY?

  • Know which ER is closest to your home and how to get there.
  • Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit at home, work and in your car.
  • Learn basic first-aid skills and become certified in CPR through classes at your local Red Cross or American Heart Association.
  • If you have a family, plan what you will do if your child needs emergency care.
  • Keep emergency numbers by the phone, such as police, fire department, poison control center, hospital, ambulance service, family doctors and emergency contacts. Keep your address and phone number by the phone as well.
  • Carry a list of all your medications (with dosages) along with a list of your allergies, particularly any drug allergies.

CARE FOR ALL

Garden City Hospital is dedicated to treating all patients who need care, regardless of their ability to pay.

If you have any questions once you are home, please feel free to contact the Emergency Department at 734-458-3426.