Many nontraumatic situations or conditions may occur and need to be handled properly.
Examples of medical situations and conditions that warrant immediate medical attention.
In an emergency, it is easy to "forget" even the most well-known information.
Here are some tips from the American College of Emergency Physicians that all members of your household should know.
In the interest of protecting yourself, it's best to learn about emergency medicine before you find yourself in an ER.
Expert Emergency Care, 24/7
Every day, 24 hours a day, Charlotte Regional and Peace River Regional’s emergency room doctors, nurses and other health care staff are available to provide you and your loved ones with expert care. Our highly trained staff can provide care for everything from cuts and broken bones to life-threatening conditions such as heart attack or stroke. We provide efficient, prompt and compassionate care, and offer:
- Multi-functional treatment rooms for patients with varied conditions.
- A dynamic ER design focused on providing a better experience for patients and visitors.
- Highly qualified, dedicated health care professionals who are committed to the highest standards of care.
- A continued commitment to keep wait times to a minimum.
ER Extra offers a better experience for patients
When you come to the emergency room, you want immediate attention. Through our ER Extra program, we work hard to make sure every patient receives high-quality care in the most timely, comfortable and efficient manner. We believe our patients’ loved ones deserve the same attention to quality care, so we do our best to ensure they are well informed and as comfortable as possible. Charlotte Regional and Peace River Regional are dedicated to improving the emergency room experience.
About ER Extra
Some of the area's most experienced physicians and nurses provide emergency care to our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Peace River Regional and Charlotte Regional's emergency room through our exclusive ER Extra™ initiative. All of our physicians and nurses have been specially trained to provide skilled, professional care in an emergency setting. In addition, our nurses are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Stroke Care. Our emergency department has two distinct areas of treatment -- one for your minor emergencies and the other for your major health care emergencies.
What's ER Extra?
We are the community’s exclusive provider of ER Extra™, a new approach to the emergency room experience, designed to give you extra fast, extra easy and extra great care.
By the time you enter our emergency room, every minute – every second – seems like forever. That’s why the clock starts ticking the moment your name enters our system at the registration desk. In general, initial assessments take place within 15 minutes of arrival. Patients with non-life threatening conditions can expect to be evaluated, treated and discharged to their home in typically less than two hours. To deliver the fastest quality care possible, the emergency room has a computerized tracking system that records every second you spend there. This data is constantly reviewed by your treatment team to streamline processes and speed up the time it takes to deliver care. The result is that you see a member of the clinical team sooner, so treatment can begin quicker.
Board certified doctors and highly trained staff are by your side throughout your visit. They are there to explain your diagnosis and how it will be treated, as well as discuss any follow up care you may need.
Extra great care
The best care results from excellent customer service and friendly staff members. Consistently, our team has ranked as a Top Performer relative to patient satisfaction. We are committed to treating you with outstanding care and compassion.
Clinical Decision Unit
Saving Time in Emergency Situations
Saving time in emergency health situations, Charlotte Regional Medical Center’s Clinical Decision Unit provides quick and efficient patient assessments. The Clinical Decision Unit tests and cares for those who may not need to be admitted to the hospital.
An extension of the Emergency Room, the Clinical Decision Unit focuses on patients experiencing chest pain. The goal of the Clinical Decision Unit is to fully test, assess, and observe a patient in an expedient twelve hours and to determine if admission to the hospital is necessary due to a true cardiac issue.
Patients undergo testing and observation before further action is taken to ensure the patient’s care. Definitive diagnosis requires analysis of serial cardiac enzymes, tested every two, four, and six hours. The Clinical Decision Unit’s staff of highly trained physicians and nurses monitors these serial enzymes in order to determine the next step, whether further testing or admission to an inpatient program is required.
Adding Life to Your Years
Due to the high standards of care provided by the multidisciplined staff, patients are assured safety and care. The Clinical Decision Unit benefits patients and the community through:
- High standards of patient care
- Decreased length of hospital visit
- Decreased unnecessary hospital admissions
For more information on the Clinical Decision Unit at Charlotte Regional Medical Center, call (941) 639-3131.
Did you Know Heart Attacks Have Beginnings?
These “beginnings” occur in over 50% of patients. Most importantly, if recognized in time, these “beginnings” can be treated before the heart is damaged!
People may also experience mild chest symptoms such as pressure, burning, aching, or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.
Call 9-1-1. Don’t Wait More Than 5 Minutes!
Did you know?
85% of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. Know the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and act upon them immediately - before heart damage occurs!
- Heart disease caused approximately 1 of every 6 deaths in the United States in 2006.
- In 2011, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have a first-time heart attack, and an estimated 470,000 will have a repeat heart attack.
- Every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and every minute, someone will die of one.