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Procedures and Services

Our goal at Atrium Medical Center is to make the time between a patient entering our facility and receiving treatment as short as possible.

Triage

Emergency care usually begins with triage, a system of grouping patients by medical need. Our Triage Nurse completes a preliminary evaluation to determine the nature and severity of the illness or injury and places the patient in one of these categories:

  • Immediately life-threatening
  • Urgent, but not immediately life-threatening
  • Less urgent

Patients with minor illnesses or injuries are routed to Select Care for a shorter wait and quicker treatment. Patients with more severe conditions are moved to a private treatment emergency room.

Following triage and registration, typical Emergency Trauma Center (ETC) procedures could include the following:

  • Evaluation
  • Testing
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Intravenous access
  • Supplemental oxygen
  • Laboratory tests
  • X-rays
  • Treatment and consultation

For our trauma patients, procedures could include:

  • Airway maintenance/intubation/assisted breathing
  • Bandaging
  • Burn cooled/dressed
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Defibrillation—automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Defibrillation—manual
  • Emergency child birth
  • IV therapy
  • Major/minor bleeding controlled
  • Multi-purpose emergency dispatch system (MEDS)
  • Neck/spine immobilization
  • Oxygen
  • Psych assistance
  • Restraints
  • Shock management
  • Splinting
  • Suction
  • Telemetry
  • Traction

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