Our 27-bed, progressive emergency department (ED) is equipped with dedicated trauma, medical, and cardiac rooms and is physician-staffed 24 hours a day. The EAMC emergency department now sees approximately 40,000 patients a year, or roughly 110 people a day.
We strive for excellence in our clinical initiatives. Treatment of heart attack patients and those patients with probable pneumonia are just a couple of the initiatives that continue to have very good outcomes in our ED.
For less serious injuries or illnesses, the ED "Fast Track" is open 18 hours a day. This allows patients to be seen by a nurse practitioner instead of a doctor, helping to reduce their length of stay.
Our ED has adopted the Emergency Severity Index (ESI) Level 5 Triage System. This triage system allows for a more detailed assessment of the patient upon arrival to the ED, and it helps us determine which patients have life-threatening injuries/illnesses (and therefore need to receive immediate care and be seen first). A triage nurse will examine the patient and assign a level based upon the severity of their injury/illness. The triage level goes from Level 1 through Level 5, with Level 1 being the most critical and Level 5 being the least critical. A computer kiosk is maintained in the ED waiting area to help keep patients and families informed of their possible length of stay while receiving services, based upon the assigned triage levels.