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Preparing for a Trip to the Emergency Room

Last updated 3 years ago

A sudden allergic reaction or asthma attack may leave little time to prepare for emergency care. Yet upon arriving at the ER, you might find that you have forgotten or left behind information or items integral to your care and comfort. That is why Fawcett Memorial Hospital encourages residents in the greater Port Charlotte region to coordinate their needs before a medical crisis occurs.

Document Medical History

The details of your medical history can largely impact the treatment you receive while in the ER. For instance, knowing if you are allergic to any medications can help the emergency care staff determine a course of action should you require drug treatment. Having on hand the name and contact information for your primary care physician can also facilitate your care. Because a medical emergency can cause confusion and recall problems, you may want to type up your medical history and bring it to the ER rather than rely on your memory.  

Bring Activities

Even when you receive immediate triage attention, your medical emergency may take several hours to effectively address before you can return home. To make your visit to the ER as comfortable as possible, bring several items that can help to pass the time as you wait for your treatment to be completed. Depending on your interests, you may want to pack a book or craft for your trip.

Pack for an Overnight Stay

If you suffer a serious medical event such as a heart attack or stroke, the emergency care staff may decide that you require admittance to the hospital. Even if you remain in the hospital for only a day or two, you may find it unsettling to go without your personal hygiene products or other home comforts. To ensure that your stay at the hospital provides you peace of mind, prepare a small duffel bag with the items you might need should a medical emergency ever arise.

Fawcett Memorial Hospital is proud to offer swift and effective emergency care services for the Port Charlotte, North Port, and Punta Gorda communities. For more information on the conditions that our ER staff can treat, call (888) 685-1599. You can also visit our website for regularly updated details on our current ER wait times. 

 

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