Emergency: Level II Trauma Center
Trinity Hospital is verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level II Trauma Center, the highest level of trauma care available in North Dakota. Level II verification means Trinity meets all of the requirements necessary to provide initial, definitive trauma care regardless of the severity of injury. Trinity’s Emergency/Trauma Center (ETC) provides round-the-clock physician coverage, which is supported by highly trained nursing and other clinical staff.
What to expect
The doctor who sees you is a highly trained professional, who will examine you as soon as possible. He or she may order tests or x-rays, some requiring blood to be drawn or a visit to another department. Getting the test results may take some time. Once the results are received, the doctor will explain them to you. Depending on your emergency, your treatment may be simple or complex and carried out by a doctor or nurse. Your treatment may take a few minutes or several hours, depending on your illness or injury. The doctor will decide when you can be discharged from the ER or if you need to be admitted to the hospital.
The nurse will provide you with a copy of your discharge instructions and any prescriptions the doctor may have written for you. The nurse or physician will answer any questions you have about your care and treatment. Please keep your discharge instructions, because you are responsible for your own care after you leave the ER.
Approximate Length of Visit by Illness/Injury*:
Minor injury - no lab or x-ray: minimum of 30 to 60 minutes
Injury with x-ray: minimum of 45 to 90 minutes
Illness with lab: minimum of 1 1/2 to 2 hours
Abdominal Pain: minimum 2 hours
Heart or chest pain: minimum 2 hours
An emergency is when your health condition is serious and requires urgent attention. To ensure that you are getting the best care possible, to reduce unnecessary waiting times, we encourage you to talk to your family physician or healthcare provider. As someone who knows your medical history, your primary healthcare provider can you develop a responsible healthcare program, including advice on care that can be more appropriately provided in his or her office.
The Triage System
Emergency care is based on triage, a system of assigning priorities of medical treatment based on urgency. The triage nurse determines the order in which patients are seen based on their condition. This means the most critically ill or injured patients are treated first, regardless of their arrival time.