SOURCE: American College of Emergency Physicians

American College of Emergency Physicians

May 17, 2012 15:34 ET

ACEP Introduces "ER 101"

Emergency Physicians Tell You "What to Know Before You Go" to the Emergency Room

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - May 17, 2012) - More than 135 million Americans go to the emergency department every year. At a moment's notice, would you know what to do -- what to expect in the ER -- and how to prepare?

"A trip to the ER can be confusing and stressful for a patient and a family member who is taking them," said Dr. David Seaberg, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "We want emergency patients to have less anxiety and to be as prepared as possible."

The American College of Emergency Physicians is introducing "ER 101," a "What to Expect" guide to get you though the ER experience. ER101 will offer people simple, easy to understand checklists and tips to make your ER experience as easy as possible.

  • When I walk in the ER, what should I expect when I check in?
  • What information should I bring with me?
  • Where can I get medical history forms?
  • Can I get copies of my medical tests?
  • What questions should I make sure to ask before I leave the hospital?

Dr. Seaberg even has a video presentation showing you the step-by-step process of a typical emergency patient experience. Emergency physicians know better than anyone that medical emergencies are different for everyone -- that's why ER 101 has separate checklists for adults, senior citizens and children.

To ease the fears that many children have about the ER, ER 101 offers a coloring book that helps explain to them what the emergency department is and what the emergency physician will do to examine and treat them.

ER 101 will also offer tips to keep in the back of your mind when going to the emergency room, such as:

  • Older patients are more likely to be admitted to the hospital.
  • It is best not to eat or drink anything until the physician sees you and tells you it's okay.
  • Family members should follow behind an ambulance in order to answer necessary questions or provide necessary documents.

Emergency physicians advise people to seek emergency care if they think they are having a medical emergency. Materials also will explain the differences between emergency care and urgent care.

"You can never be totally prepared for an emergency -- by its nature it is unplanned," said Dr. Seaberg. "But you can certainly ask yourself the question, 'if a medical emergency happened right now to me or a loved one, would I know what to do -- where to go -- and what will I need once I get there?' If the answer is no, we're here to help."

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About ACEP

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

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