Imagine that it's 3 a.m., and suddenly you wake up because your stomach hurts – a lot. This seems like something out of the ordinary, so you call your regular doctor. He tells you to go to an ER.
Below is a list of ER processes and personnel. Please choose one of the items from the lists to find out more information.
During this process, we will gather information about your illness or injury. Patients who have a life-threatening issue, or one that requires immediate attention will be seen first. This means that patients may not always be seen in the order they arrive in the ER.
Our staff will collect your blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and other vital information. In this step, we may also collect information about your insurance coverage so we can create a medical record for you.
A nurse and physician (or Nurse Practitioner) will visit you to get a better look at your condition. They will ask questions about other important information, like family history and activities that may have caused your emergency. At some ERs, we have a "fast track" area where you won't lie in a bed, but you'll be treated and released more quickly.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Once the physician has all of the information about your condition he or she needs, we will treat you or recommend that you stay in the hospital for further treatment.
If you are sent home, our ER staff will prepare all information that you need. They will make sure you understand your instructions, and then send you home. If you need to stay in the hospital, our staff will find a room for you in the appropriate area of the hospital. We contact your primary doctor to let them know that you will be staying in the hospital, so they may follow up with your care.
Doctors in the ER are specially trained to handle emergency conditions. He or she will ask for your family and medical history, complete an examination, and create a treatment plan. The doctor communicates with your primary care physician when necessary. An Emergency Physician can perform a medical procedure, prescribe medicine, and help you understand your condition.
Like the doctors they work with, nurses are specially trained to handle the conditions typically seen in the ER.
Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioners
With a doctor's supervision, they can obtain family and medical history, examine, and treat your condition. In Ohio, many Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners can prescribe medicine as well.
ER Tech/Paramedic/Nursing Assistant
These staff members can do some of the tasks that an ER nurse can do. They are often trained in the hospital to transport patients and perform some tasks, including providing comfort for the patient and family. These technicians often work in an ambulance.
Unit Secretary/Health Unit Associates
This essential team member doesn't usually work in a patient's room. He or she communicates with many different people, including the ER physician and your primary care physician, families calling about loved ones, and patients calling for medical advice.
Physicians in training
In a teaching hospital, an intern or resident sees patients as part of their training program. These physicians are supervised by an attending physician who has extensive experience in the ER.
Fort Hamilton Hospital
630 Eaton Ave
Hamilton, OH 45013
405 W. Grand Ave
Dayton, OH 45405
Greene Memorial Hospital
1141 N Monroe Dr
Xenia, OH 45429
8701 Old Troy Pike
Huber Heights, OH 45424
3535 Southern Blvd
Kettering, OH 45429
3535 Pentagon Blvd
Beavercreek, OH 45431
1997 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd
Dayton, OH 45459
4000 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd
Miamisburg, OH 45342