Rushing to the Scene
Creative Commons License photo credit: vonderauvisualsIf you are in pain, it is easy to think that you should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. But how do you know if it is necessary to visit an emergency department or not? The reason that emergency departments are there at all is to provide treatment to those condition that would become much more serious issues and problems if they aren’t treated as soon as possible.

The emergency department should not be treated as your regular doctor or medical option, but only in the situation is the name applies, in the case of an emergency. Patients are triaged in the emergency department by= the triage nurse, so if your symptoms aren’t particularly serious, you may actually be treated more efficiently with less waiting at your regular doctor’s office. All patients are seen at the hospital, regardless of their financial status and ability to pay. In addition, there is a non-discrimination policy in place for patients, meaning that your privacy will be respected and treatment will be provided to all patients.

This is regardless of culture, your religious beliefs, disabilities, or sexual orientation. If you are suffering from an emergency, it is important to get treatment as quickly as possible.