Pulaski Memorial Hospital provides emergency care services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Physician services in the Emergency Department (ED) are provided through an arrangement with EmCare. Our physicians and nurses are certified in:
- Advanced cardiac life support
- Pediatric life support
- Advanced trauma life support
- Neonatal life support
Upon your arrival at the ED, report directly to our intake room located just inside the walk-in entrance to the ED. Your needs will be assessed by a nurse, then you will register in the privacy of that same area.
What information should I bring?
Our registration associate will ask for the following information:
- Birth date
- Telephone number
- Social security number
- Insurance card(s)
- Medicare/Medicaid card(s)
- Photo identification
What happens once I am in the examination room?
From the intake room, you will be taken to an exam room. The physicians and nurses will complete their entire assessment and treatment in that room. You may be sent to another department for tests, such as Diagnostic Imaging. Other hospital staff may come to your room and perform procedures like an EKG or blood draw. The length of time you spend in the exam room depends on the number of tests you need and how long the tests take to process. When your test results are received and the doctor has reviewed them, he or she will see you again to discuss the results.
Will I be given any information to take home?
The nurse or doctor will go over your discharge instructions with you, and you will receive a copy of the instructions. You may be given a prescription for medicine, along with instructions to follow up with a doctor. You may be given educational materials regarding your condition.
What is taking so long?
Although the following activities are not visible to you, they are taking place inside the ED to ensure that all of our patients are getting the best possible care. Our ED team members are:
- Obtaining your previous medical records for review
- Contacting your doctor for consultation
- Awaiting and interpreting your lab results
- Interpreting X-rays and obtaining previous X-rays and CAT scans for comparison
- Consulting with other specialists when necessary
- Tailoring discharge instructions to your specific illness or injury
- Issuing prescriptions when necessary
- Dispensing medications when indicated
Our goal is to provide you with quality care in a reasonable amount of time. We realize that waiting is unpleasant, especially when you are not feeling well. We appreciate your patience. You will be updated every 30 minutes about your status.