What to Expect at the ER

 

Imagine you’re having a medical emergency. A family member has called 9-1-1 and you are being rushed to the hospital via EMS.

Triage. As you arrive, you will be seen by a triage nurse, whose job it is to help prioritize patients according to the severity of injuries or illnesses. If you are having chest pain or other life-threatening issues, you will receive treatment right away.

Medical attention. At St. Petersburg General Hospital, we have 18 emergency room beds available to treat patients with the most severe injuries or illnesses. In addition, our Fast Track program has 8 beds so we can tend to minor emergency needs as quickly as possible. Doctors will review your medical history, do necessary exams and tests, and determine if you need to be admitted to the hospital or if you can be treated and discharged.

The ER at St. Petersburg General Hospital is an Advanced Chest Pain Center and Joint Commission Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center. We are staffed by highly trained doctors and nurses who provide exceptional care.

Waiting room. If your condition is not life-threatening, you will wait in a comfortable area that includes reading materials and televisions. Patients are seen by medical professionals, based on the urgency of their needs. While you won’t know exactly how long your wait will be, you will know the average emergency room wait time, as well as approximately how long it will be until you’re seen. The national average ER wait time is approximately 1 hour, but the team at St. Petersburg General Hospital works to keep our wait times well below that average. Our goal is to diagnose and treat you from the minute you walk through our doors.

When you have a medical crisis, you can count on St. Petersburg Hospital. We are ready to treat you 24 hours a day, and we provide the highest quality emergency care available.

To get our ER wait times, just text “ER” to 23000, supply your zip code, and you will receive a text with our average current wait times.

 

Sources:
St. Pete General Hospital
Nemours

 

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