Tahoe Fracture Doctors Are Available to Assist Patients in the ER
Have you ever had to visit an emergency room (ER)? It can be a very stressful experience. In many cases, patients are able to obtain the same treatment at urgent care clinics for less time and money, but the ER is the better choice when an injury is life- or limb-threatening. The skilled team at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic is glad to provide the following information, which may make your next visit to the ER an easier and less nerve-wracking experience.
What Happens When You Visit the ER?
When you first arrive at the ER, you’ll have to check in at the front desk, where you’ll provide basic information including your name, address, and date of birth, as well as a brief explanation of your injuries (if you’re unconscious or otherwise unable to answer questions, the ER team will try to get this information from a friend or family member, or by searching for any emergency medical information listed on jewelry, in your wallet, or on your phone). After you’ve checked in, you’ll be examined by a triage nurse, who will take your vitals and determine how quickly you require medical attention. If the nurse decides that you don’t require immediate attention (preference is always given to patients with more severe conditions), you’ll be directed to a waiting area. When a physician is ready to see you, he or she will conduct an examination, order diagnostic testing, arrange for consultations with specialists (if needed), and provide treatment.
Can You Request Tahoe Fracture Doctors in the ER?
Yes, you can! Many people don’t know this, but if you visit the ER with an orthopedic injury, you’re not required to see the on-call orthopedic doctor. Instead, you can request that the ER team call in one of the doctors from Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic. If you’re already a patient at our clinic, you’ll have the benefit of being treated by a doctor who’s familiar with your medical history, as opposed to one who will need to start from scratch. This is also a great option for patients whose primary care physicians have already referred them to our office, even if we haven’t yet begun treatment.
For More Information
If you’d like to learn more about what you can expect during an ER visit, or about the process for requesting Tahoe Fracture doctors in the ER, call Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic today. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and provide you with additional information. And, be sure to ask about our new musculoskeletal urgent care clinic — Tahoe Fracture Quick Care — which we’ll be opening in early 2019. We look forward to providing an even wider range of services to the residents of Carson City, Gardnerville, Minden, and surrounding communities.