The emergency room has many purposes, and it serves many people everyday in your town. When it comes down to emergency care, it is vital to have a plan in place before you need to use it. When you are in the midst of a crisis that demands emergency care, you may not have the frame of mind to make a decision. So, it is important to plan ahead on what you would do in that scenario. Waiting until an emergency happens is never a good plan. So, take the time to plan out what you would do, and communicate this plan with friends and family.
Next to having a plan, understanding what to expect from the average ER visit is also important. There are many misconceptions about what to expect, and the added stress is never a good thing when in the midst of the emergency. Let us examine the common myths, and how to avoid them.
- You will be treated quickly. This is not always true. If you go for a life threatening illness, you will be treated in a timely manner. This is the purpose of the emergency room. When you use it for it’s intended purpose, you will get the treatment you need quickly. On the other side of the coin, you will have a long wait if you use the ER for non life threatening conditions. Sometimes your wait can exceed three to four hours, and this may add to your stress.
- The order that you arrive dictates your treatment. This is not true, and is contradictory to the purpose of the ER. The professional medical staff treats patients by order of importance, and that importance relates directly to the nature of your condition. Once you understand this concept, you will better know ho two take advantage of the ER. You may become quickly frustrated if you do not understand this concept, and people are repeatedly treated in front of you. First, be sure you understand the intended purpose of the ER, and this is always to treat life and death matters first. Once this is accomplished, the staff can move on to other issues that are not as high on the order of importance.
- They do not charge you for services in a 24 hour emergency room. Nothing could be further from the truth, and this could cost you greatly for not understanding how this works. In fact, emergency care is perhaps the most expensive of ay type of care, and this should be fully understood by those using it. If you have insurance, you will most likely have a co pay or deductible. Understand how these work for you, and you can avoid an unfortunate surprise. While they do not charge for admission, the ER will definitely send you a bill, and you will be responsible to pay it. Again, this should be part of your plan.
As you can see, there are many moving parts to using an ER. Have a plan, and stick to the plan. This will help you successfully use emergency services when needed.