Emergency and Trauma
Emergency and Trauma
Emergency and Trauma Care at OhioHealth
No matter your emergency, we are here for you.
OhioHealth offers 21 emergency care locations and three trauma centers in central Ohio and the surrounding area. Our staff and physicians have access to the resources of an entire healthcare system nationally recognized for quality and outcomes.
As the name indicates, Emergency Departments provide immediate, expert treatment for emergencies — severe and life-threatening conditions. Many of these we have listed below. If you need diagnosis and treatment for a condition that is not life-threatening, yet needs to be addressed promptly, please visit one of our Urgent Care facilities near you. OhioHealth Urgent Care is open 7 days a week. Learn what we treat at OhioHealth Urgent Care.
If it is a serious medical emergency, please dial 911 to be connected with police, the fire department, paramedics or other emergency crews who can respond quickly.
When to Go to the Emergency Department
Sometimes it's confusing to know where you need to go when you need medical attention. As a guide to help you, the emergency department is designed to treat severe and life-threatening conditions, including:
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
- Bone fractures, severe cuts, wounds or burns
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
- Changes in vision, difficulty speaking
- Confusion, suicidal feelings, changes in mental status
- Sudden or severe pain
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Suspected poisoning
- Pregnancy-related complications
What to Expect in the Emergency Department
When you first arrive in the emergency department, there may be security to make sure all our patients and families feel safe. At the check-in desk, you will be asked your name, date of birth, social security number and the reason for your visit. You will also go through triage.
Below are some frequently asked questions about visits to the emergency department:
- WHAT IS TRIAGE?
- The triage process determines who needs to be treated first. A triage nurse will determine the severity of a patient’s condition based on symptoms. In addition, we’ll ask about your personal and medical history, and take your vital signs, such as temperature, heart rate and blood pressure.
- CAN FAMILY MEMBERS VISIT PATIENTS IN THE TREATMENT AREA?
- Yes, two visitors are allowed in the treatment room at one time.
- HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT TO BE IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT?
- If there are multiple people in the emergency department, you will be seen in order of the severity of your illness or injury. The most ill are seen first. Once in the treatment area, your total stay depends on your symptoms, diagnosis and whether you have to be admitted to the hospital for further treatment.
- HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET TEST RESULTS?
- Most test results take about two hours. But some tests take longer to process than others.
- WHY DO PATIENTS HAVE TO WAIT FOR TREATMENT IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT?
People wait in the emergency department for many reasons, including:
- Patients with the more severe condition need to be treated first.
- Many emergency patients may arrive at the same time.
- You may need to wait for test results.
- You may need to wait to see a specialist (orthopedics, cardiology, etc.).
- You may need to wait for an available inpatient bed.
We must care for critical patients with life-threatening conditions first. Patients with less serious injuries may have to wait for more severe conditions to be treated. If you feel like your condition is getting worse, please notify our staff.
- WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PATIENTS ARE DISCHARGED?
- We provide instructions for follow-up care, such as scheduling a visit with your primary care physician. You will be responsible for your own transportation home. You will not be allowed to drive if you have received certain medications that interfere with safe driving.