Let’s suppose Mr. James felt exceptionally sick in the tummy. After some time, he started throwing up and noticed clotted blood too. He calls 911 and an ambulance takes him to the ER. All the while he was in the ambulance, he heard the word “ER” but didn’t know what it means.
He was still in a position and was aware of the surroundings. He asks the paramedics, “what is an ER?” One of them replies, “a department in a hospital that is responsible for providing medical as well as surgical health care to the patients who arrive hospitals in the utter need of medical assistance.”
Now that he was aware of where he is taken. James wasn’t worried.
But what if we ask you…
Have you ever wondered who is who in the ER? If not, this article will help you in understanding the role of almost everyone who is linked to making you feel normal and healthy.
When you need medical assistance and call an ambulance or dial 911 and they come for help. What happens next? You are given on-site treatment as in doing the needful to make you conscious so that the blood pressure stays stable, etc.
These professionals facilitate you to reach the hospital’s ER from the venue you called.
- Highly Trained Physicians and Staff
Primary care in the ER is provided by highly trained physicians or the best doctors on call.
- Nurse Managers
They manage nurses who are also referred to as “Nurse in Charge”. Their role is very important as they handle as well as lead the team of extremely professional and trained nurses.
Health Care in the Emergency Department
As soon as you arrive at the hospital, the triage nurse checks the kind of injuries you have received. It is so that she or he can refer you to the appropriate doctor or health care professional (mental health professional, nurse practitioner, best physician, or even an allied health professional).
Medical Staff in the ER
The staff comprises of the following professionals;
- Emergency Physicians
- Hospital Med Officers
Emergency Department and Diagnostic Staff
For the sake of getting a complete and accurate picture of injury or intense health condition, you might be sent for blood work, x-rays, or even scans. Radiographers or sonographers are part of an emergency department. They help in making diagnosis easy for highly trained physicians.
Some of the diagnostic imaging procedures include CT scan, nuclear medicine, x-ray, ultrasound, and MRI. While being in the ER, there may come a point where blood work becomes important. After taking a blood sample, it is sent to the pathology service provider within the hospital. Pathologists work on the findings and send the result to the specialist for a quick review.
How to Get Help in the ER?
You can get help from a highly trained physician who happens to be your doctor. Nurses are the ones whom you can rely on in the absence of your doctor. The hospital staff is always there to help you out. Also, we have social workers in relatively good hospitals.