I have plenty of experience working in an emergency room. In my time in the ER, I have come to know what it is good to do and what is not good to do in the ER. Try to keep these tips in mind on your next ER visit.
1. Don’t bring your posse.
It is nice to have 1 or maybe 2 people with you when you visit the ER for comfort and other practical reasons but any more than that is a hassle for everybody involved. Too many people might prohibit the medical staff from performing their jobs efficiently and can also be uncomfortable for the patient. Waiting rooms are often full without extra people hanging around.
2. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
This one could also be titled “Don’t lose your mind about a bruise”. Many people come into the ER screaming about something that is wrong with them or somebody that they are with. If it is a true emergency then it is fine to get extra attention so you are helped faster but if it isn’t then you are causing an unnecessary scene. Almost every time you go into the ER, there is someone in a more serious condition than you probably are. The ER staff is trained to deal with emergencies so yelling isn’t going to improve their performance.
3. Don’t be impatient.
Emergency rooms are often very busy and unpredictable places. There are no appointments for the ER so don’t expect to get evaluated and sent home immediately. Often, more serious patients will come in after you and be seen before you. ER visits may take many hours depending on how many patients are coming in to be seen.
4. If it’s not an emergency, don’t go to the ER.
This piece of advice benefits everyone. People come into the ER for sprains, pregnancy tests, colds, and many other non-emergencies. The medical staff is probably busy enough without having to deal with this simple stuff and you could pay a lot less for faster care at another location.
5. Don’t be a “frequent flyer”.
If you often come into the same ER for non-emergencies, the staff might take you less seriously regarding your health. Think of the boy who cried wolf. This will results in long waits and low patience from the medical staff.