photo credit: Funky64 (www.lucarossato.com)When you visit an emergency department, it can seem like a scary situation. This is especially true since so many of us don’t often go to the emergency department very often. However, once you are seen by the triage nurse, you will eventually be seen by the doctor. After you wait your turn and your name is called, you are called back into the examination and treatment areas of the hospital. You will be given a thorough examination according to your specific ailment. The doctor that is treating you may need to have additional tests or x-rays done in order to diagnose your situation to the best of their abilities.
This may mean that you have to wait again to have these procedures completed. After your initial examination, you will then either be admitted to the hospital or discharged. Sometimes follow-ups can be treated through outpatient facilities, or even with your regular doctor. Even if a follow up treatment is not necessary, it is still a good idea to let your doctor know that you visited the emergency department the next time you have a routine doctor’s appointment. That way they can be sure to keep a professional eye on any complications to your condition down the road.