What to expect when you take your

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teen to the ER

Nearly 100 million people go to the emergency room each year. It’s important to know what to expect when you take your teen to the ER before it happens. This article will show you what to expect when you take your teen to the ER and what you can do to make sure the visit is successful and as stress free as possible.
Preparation
Don’t wait for the emergency to happen to run around looking for the things you should have ready for any possible emergency.

This means have a list of phone numbers ready near the phone:
• Police
• Fire
• Doctor
• Ambulance
• Poison Control
• Hospital

Another list that is just as important should contain:
• The teens allergies
• Medication and dosages they take
• Any list of diseases or disorders they have
• Their insurance information

Before you go to the hospital take with you anything that might help out in their care of the teen:
• If he was bit by a spider and killed it, bring the spider
• If he was bit by a snake and killed it, bring the snake
• If he ate, drank, huffed, puffed, injected and swallowed anything. Bring it. If it is gone, bring one like it.

Examination
The teen will be assessed by a triage nurse and put in line to be seen by a doctor according to his need versus others there. You will then go back into the treatment room. The parent is allowed in the treatment area.
Various things will be done according to the problem such as:
• The teen may need to undress and gown up
• The teen need a blood test
• The teen need to be sutured
• The teen be examined
• The teen may need x-rays
• The teen may need some sort of breathing treatment
• The teen may need to be casted
• The teen may need fluids and need and IV (a small tube into the vein to get fluid into you)
• The teen may be given medicine to feel better
The people taking care of you may include some or all of the following:
• Attending physician: the doctor in charge of your care
• Resident physician: a doctor with a medical license who is getting more training
• Physician assistant: a certified healthcare professional working with the supervision of an attending physician
• Intern: a medical school graduate getting more training to receive a medical license
• Primary nurse: the nurse who cares for you throughout your treatment in the Emergency Department
• Emergency room technicians: healthcare professionals who assist the doctors and nurses. They are trained to draw blood and take electrocardiograms (records of the heart’s activity).
• X-ray technicians: specialists responsible for transporting patients to the Radiology Department, taking X-rays and then bringing patients back to the Emergency Department.
• Respiratory therapists: specialists trained to help people with breathing problems.
• Pastoral Care: Always available if you wish to talk to a chaplain.
Once you have passed through the emergency room gauntlet and have been released to home you will:
• Receive from the physician in writing any necessary prescriptions and follow-up orders.
• The nurse will review your written discharge instructions with you and answer any questions you may have.
• Discharge instructions will include: your diagnosis, follow-up care, the name of the physician and nurse who cared for you, and any special home-care needs.
Now you know what to expect when you take your teen to the ER. You know how to prepare for an emergency. You know what constitutes an emergency. You also know the emergency room process and hopefully will now be more at peace if something bad ever happens and you need to go to an emergency room. Remember that Emergency Room Departments are there for the sole purpose of making you feel better and that may mean saving your life.

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