The triage process determines the seriousness of each patient's condition and determines the order in which patients will be seen.
The first thing for you to expect when arriving at the Emergency Department is to be evaluated by a Registered Nurse (RN). The Triage process is a quick assessment of your medical condition, and determines the order in which patients are seen and treated. During this process, the RN will ask for your name, date of birth, Social Security Number and the main reason you have come to the Emergency Department. This is also the time that your vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, etc.) will be checked. Your next steps will bet determined by the seriousness of your condition.
Once you are in the exam room, you will be seen by an Emergency Room Physician and a Registered Nurse. The nurse will start to gather all pertinent information that will help in determining your best course of treatment, as well as carry out any orders set forth by the Emergency Room Physician.Once the Emergency Room Physician has examined you, further testing (labs, CT, Ultrasound, X-ray, etc.) may be done, you may be moved to observation care, a flex-care room or discharged to go home.
In the Emergency Room there are many physicians. You will likely not see the same physician if you have been a patient in the past. Having a Primary Care Physician for you and your family for non-emergent cases provides an opportunity to establish a relationship with a physician.