The emergency department is one of the busiest areas in a hospital. This is where people with life-threatening injuries and illness are treated. There are many people responsible for the care you receive while in the ER from the minute you step inside. Thereare: triage nurses who quickly evaluate patients’ medical needs; EMS workers who bring in patients in ambulances; and the team of medical experts that are ready to treat patients with virtually any medical need. Since the emergency department is always open, there is always a high number of staff prepared to handle the flow of patients.
At St. Petersburg General Hospital, our ER has 26 beds to treat everything from minor illnesses to major injuries. Conditions that can be treated in the ER include broken bones, cuts, abrasions, food poisoning bronchitis, trauma from accidents, heart attacks, burns and much more. A triage nurse will assess the severity of each patient’s injury or illness and determine how critical it is and based on their findings. Patients will be seen in order of necessity.
The medical professionals who work in the emergency department work together as a team. We offer board certified emergency physicians to diagnose and treat injuries. Diagnostic testing is performed in the ER level, including x-rays, and blood work The Emergency Department doctor will read the test results and discuss the findings with you.
Rest assured that you are in excellent hands when you come to the ER at St. Petersburg General for care. You can even check out the wait time before you head to the ER. Our wait timesare posted online and represent the time it takes to see a qualified medical professional, such as a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathy, Physician Assistant or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.