Emergency care physicians are specially trained to handle the unique needs
of emergent patients. You can hear more about the many responsibilities
of emergency care physicians when you watch this featured video, which
is an interview with the Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at
Regional Medical Center of San Jose. She explains that in addition to providing life-saving interventions,
ER doctors have the skills and experience necessary to handle a broad
range of non-life-threatening medical emergencies.
One of the tasks that ER staff members are responsible for is coordinating
a patient’s care with emergency medical service (EMS) personnel,
typically before the patient even arrives at the hospital. When EMS providers
are called to a patient with a life-threatening emergency, they quickly
evaluate that patient’s medical status and relay this information
to the ER team. This allows the ER doctors to be prepared to immediately
initiate evaluation and
stabilization procedures to save that patient’s life.
Before ER doctors can administer treatments, they must confirm the patient’s
diagnosis. For example, they cannot assume that a patient’s stroke
is caused by a blood clot and administer clot-busting drugs until this
diagnosis is confirmed. This is because hemorrhagic strokes are caused
by bleeding on the brain and are treated differently.
ER doctors can stabilize critically ill or injured patients in a number
of ways. They might use a defibrillator to restore a patient’s heartbeat
or they might provide respiratory support to patients who are having trouble
breathing. Sometimes, stabilizing a patient might involve administering
intravenous fluids or drugs.
Once the patient’s condition is under control, he or she may be referred
for additional treatment. The patient might be referred to the intensive
care unit (ICU) or to the operating room (OR). In less serious circumstances,
a patient at the ER might receive treatment for a minor medical problem
and be discharged with instructions to schedule a follow-up visit with
the primary care physician or a specialist.
The newly remodeled and expanded
emergency care department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose facilitates our patients’
prompt and compassionate treatment. Our emergency care team has developed
close relationships with EMS personnel throughout San Jose to coordinate
care and support rapid medical evaluations. Visit us online or call a
registered nurse at (888) 762-8881 for general information about our hospital
services, which include breast care, stroke care, and heart health services.