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What to Expect from a Visit to the Emergency Room

Last updated 4 years ago

Although a visit to the emergency room can be a stressful experience, healthcare professionals strive to put patients at ease and guide them through the process as quickly as possible. The exact sequence of events during your visit to the emergency room may vary, depending on your condition and the nature of your visit. For example, if you are brought to the emergency room in an unconscious state, you’ll receive diagnostic care and treatment as soon as possible, and you may provide information for registration when you awaken. In general; however, your visit begins with an initial exam.

Initial Exam

Upon your arrival, a nurse will quickly evaluate your vital signs and take your medical history. This is called triage and it allows emergency room professionals to swiftly assess the severity of your condition. Physicians will see patients with the most severe conditions first; however, those with non-life-threatening emergencies will be seen as quickly as possible.


Registration is the process of providing your basic information, such as your name, contact information, and insurance information. Provide the name of your primary care physician.

Diagnostic Tests

After you are called to the treatment area, you’ll undergo an examination by a board-certified physician. The physician may order diagnostic tests, such as blood tests, urine tests, or X-rays. Depending on your condition, you may receive intravenous fluids at this time.

Medical Treatment

Your physician will discuss your medical treatment with you. Your treatment is dependent upon your health concern; you may receive medications or you may need emergency surgery, for example.

Discharge or Hospital Admission

After receiving medical treatment, it is highly likely that you’ll be discharged from the emergency room. You’ll be provided with comprehensive instructions for caring for yourself at home. Sometimes, the physician may determine that ongoing care or monitoring is necessary, in which case you’ll be transferred to a patient room.

Palms of Pasadena Hospital provides 24/7 emergency care to those in the St. Petersburg area. Our board-certified emergency room doctors respond promptly to medical emergencies and our team members will keep you updated throughout your stay. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911; otherwise, you can contact our hospital at (855) 245-8328.


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