Proactive Tips to Prepare for an ER Visit

Emergencies can be frightening, and it’s natural to feel unprepared when faced with the unexpected.

Life moves quickly, and emergencies can happen to anyone, any time, and they come in all varieties.

While you might not ever be prepared for an emergency injury or illness, there are simple things you can do to give yourself a little peace of mind when that unexpected time comes.

Below, we’ve highlighted some proactive tips to prepare for a trip to ER Near Me, including what you need to bring and what to expect when you arrive.

Plan for the Unexpected

One of the best things you can do to prepare for a medical emergency is to plan ahead and communicate that plan with your family. Know how to respond to different levels of medical emergencies, such as a life-threatening brain injury versus a broken wrist, and ensure your family is aware of this response plan. 

Find Your Closest ER

The next step in medical emergency preparedness is to identify the emergency rooms closest to your home. Print out the location and phone number of your local emergency services including poison control. 

Download this emergency contact list template, which also includes sections for your emergency contact, primary care physician, and more.

Don’t forget to fill in the emergency services section with your nearest ER Near Me. For quick reference, here are our four location addresses and phone numbers:

15240 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75248

5900 South Hulen Street, Fort Worth, TX 76132

15767 North Coit Road, Dallas, TX 75248

1905 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093

Learn Your Smartphone’s Emergency Features

Smartphones are not just for scrolling social media and answering emails on the go. In fact, your phone may have several features that will serve you in case of an emergency.

Did you know there is an SOS feature on your iPhone? With Emergency SOS, you can quickly call for help and alert your emergency contacts. Learn how to use your Emergency SOS feature.

It is also important to save emergency contacts in your phone as “ICE,” which stands for “In Case of Emergency.” If a circumstance occurs where you are not able to communicate, emergency care providers can look at your phone for contacts labeled as “ICE.” 

For iPhone users, you can also specify emergency contacts in your Medical ID. When the above-mentioned Emergency SOS feature is activated, your phone will automatically contact the individuals you listed in your Medical ID. Here are instructions to set up your Medical ID.

What to Bring to the ER

In most cases, you might worry about what to bring to the ER such as comfort items, toiletries, snacks, and other personal items. However, with ER Near Me, all you need is your insurance information and government-issued identification. 

If extended care is required, we offer overnight accommodations in our observation suites. We understand that emergencies happen when you least expect it, and you are not always prepared for an extended stay. Therefore, we have a variety of amenities and toiletries on hand for patients. Plus, we order meals for patients during their extended stay.

Check out our blog, 3 Medical Services You Didn’t Know ER Near Me Offered, to learn more about our observation suites.

At ER Near Me, our goal is to be your home away from home and offer you expert concierge care. However, packing a small “go bag” of extra items you might want during your stay is always a good idea. 

Here are a few items we recommend:

  • Clean Change of Clothes
  • List of Medications
  • Extra Long Phone Charger
  • Your Favorite Book or Magazines
  • Slippers
  • Prescription Glasses or Contacts (If Needed)

What to Expect From an ER Near Me Visit

With less wait time and no mass crowds, your experience at an ER Near Me will be very different than at a hospital emergency room.

Here is a breakdown of what to expect in the ER:

Welcoming Environment — When you arrive at one of our ER Near Me locations, you will be greeted by compassionate, caring staff and welcomed into an immaculately clean and beautifully designed facility.

Immediate Care — You can also rest assured that you will not be forced to sit in a waiting room with crowds of other patients who are ill. Our patients are brought back almost immediately upon arrival. 

Team Evaluation — Our expert medical team also conducts a team evaluation where the patient only has to tell their story once. Our nurses and physicians will then know the plan of action before leaving your room, making the entire process much more efficient and less burdensome on the patient. 

One-on-One Attention — At hospital ERs, patients often do not get the one-on-one attention they deserve due to high patient volumes. At ER Near Me, our entire staff is committed to making each patient feel respected and heard.

Seamless Discharge — When you are ready for discharge, we will arrange for follow-up appointments, and our nurses will call in any necessary prescriptions to your pharmacy.

Let ER Near Me Set Your Mind at Ease

You can’t anticipate when an accident or unfortunate circumstance will occur in your life. Often, things happen so quickly there is not much time to react. With these tips in mind, you can better prepare yourself for when an emergency strikes and know what to bring to the ER.

No matter what medical emergency you may face, our team at ER Near Me has the experience, skills, and resources needed to ease your concerns and provide expert concierge care.

If you need immediate care or want to learn more about our excellent facilities, visit your local ER Near Me in Richardson, Plano, Addison, or Hulen.

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