Prepare for an ER Visit
Streamlining Your Visit to the Emergency Department
A visit to the emergency department is seldom a happy experience. You,
or someone close to you, is probably there to receive treatment for an
accident or an unexpected, serious medical event.
The following advice will help make your visit less stressful and allow
CVMC to better serve you.
- Have only one or two family members or friends to accompany you to the
Emergency Department. Because of the size of our waiting and treatment
rooms, we request a maximum of two visitors at a time.
- Bring all of your current medications to the Emergency Department, including
the dose and the frequency with which you take it. Be prepared to share
with us the names of all of your doctors, as well as information about
your immunization, TB and tetanus status. Please bring along your insurance
- Make and keep a list of your allergies to foods, airborne substances and
latex. It would also be helpful to include how each of these allergies
affect you. Emergency room personnel will also ask other questions about
your medical history and may ask about the medical histories of your immediate
family—parents and grandparents—including cause of death,
and their ages at that time.
- Consider trying common-sense treatments at home before visiting the Emergency
Department. For example, over-the-counter medications may lower a child’s fever.
- Try to leave children, the elderly, or those with compromised immunity
at home or with friends or family members to prevent their exposure to illness.
- Do not assume you will be admitted to the medical center. Please make sure
you have a ride home.
- Although cell phones are allowed in the Emergency Department, please refrain
from use when medical personnel are in the room. (Note: Video and pictures
are not allowed for CVMC staff and providers without their consent).
- If you are a patient waiting in the Emergency Department, please don’t
eat or drink anything since this can interfere with, or postpone, your care.
- Be prepared to answer personal questions about yourself and your lifestyle.
All of this information will be kept in the strictest of confidence and
used only in conjunction with your care. If you do not wish to have your
medical information discussed in front of your family or visitors, please
inform the medical staff.
- If you have needs, please alert the Emergency Department staff. It will
then be our goal and pleasure to meet your expectations in every way possible.