HealthONE - May 04, 2018

If you have been hurt working out, had an accident, or just have a pain somewhere that you can't explain, you just never know when you might find yourself in an emergency room. When you do find yourself in the ER, you will probably want to get in and out as quick as you can to get on with life. Here are some tips that will help you to be safe and healthy during your next unexpected ER visit.

Check your ID
Most emergency rooms are quite busy. Even if your healthcare providers and room/bed are the same during your visit, it is a good idea if they double check your ID, which generally includes your legal name, Social Security number, and your date of birth before they treat you. They should also scan your hospital wristband, which should include your legal name, date admitted, your date of birth, and some type of hospital identification number.

Your providers, yourself and your guests should always wash your hands
The best way to protect yourself from common infections and superbugs is to wash your hands thoroughly by applying an alcohol sanitizing gel for about 15 seconds. Your guests should do the same, as well as healthcare professionals that enter your room.

Don't be afraid to speak
Emergency rooms are busy places, so be sure to speak up when talking to your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider about all of your symptoms and pains. Doing so will help them to accurately diagnose and treat you. It can be challenging to express all of your symptoms and questions while you are in pain, so if you have the opportunity to have a family member, co-worker or friend with you in then ER, bring them along. They should be able to help you navigate through the ER process and remember the things you may not.

List of your current medicines
Besides sharing your health concerns and symptoms, you should be able to share with your healthcare providers the medicines you are currently taking, as well as any supplements or vitamins. This will help your doctor determine which medications to prescribe that will not interfere with your current medications.

Be kind to your healthcare providers
Sometimes communication errors do happen between shift changes with healthcare providers, so it would be good idea to go over your chart with the nurse(s) on duty before shift change. Ask them about any treatments that you should be getting during the next shift. Remember that the next shift nurse will need to double-check your ID, including your wristband before you will allowed to have any medication.

Be mindful of your overall health
Nobody can be expected to know when their next trip to the ER will be, so it would be a good idea to make periodic opportunities to get check ups with your regular doctor(s). Inquire about your overall health and take this opportunity to discuss and questions or concerns that you may have. Prevention is an excellent way to potentially keep you from unexpected visits to the emergency room.

When a medical emergency strikes, you want the highest level of emergency care as quickly as possible. HealthONE has 13 full-service emergency rooms in Denver that are open 24/7 for all your emergency care needs. Our convenient emergency room locations give you access to the highest quality emergency room doctors and staff, no matter where you live in the greater metro area.