The main role of the ETC is to care for emergencies – when your health condition is serious and requires urgent attention. 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.
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 emergency room (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 so you can follow them carefully after you leave the ER.