Emergency Physicians Tell You -- What To Know Before You Go -- To The Emergency Room with "ER 101"

Aug 27, 2012, 19:09 ET from American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 135 million Americans go to the emergency room every year. Think about it. If you were in that position, would you know what to do — what to expect in the ER — and how to prepare?

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

That's why ACEP created "ER 101," a "What To Expect" guide, to get you through the ER experience. Check it out! www.ER101.org. This website offers simple, easy to understand checklists and tips to make a trip to the ER 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?

We even have a step-by-step video showing you the process of a typical emergency patient experience. Plus, emergency physicians know better than anyone that medical emergencies are different for everyone — that's why ER 101 has separate checklists for adults, seniors and children.

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 — get a Health and Safety Checklist for Seniors.
  • 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.
  • Get the coloring book "Welcome to the Emergency Department," to help your child understand the experience.

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. 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 — www.ER101.org. For more information, contact Mike Baldyga at ACEP Public Relations at 202-728-0610, ext. 3005 or mbaldyga@acep.org

SOURCE American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)