Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: What to expect during an ER visit

    Most emergency room visits aren’t as dramatic as they appear on TV. But what does a “normal” ER visit look like? The first stop is triage, where a nurse gets your chief medical complaint, medical history, and vital signs, and a registration clerk starts creating  your medical record. If your condition is not immediately life-threatening, the triage physician will perform a basic exam and order tests like blood work or an EKG. In an exam room, an emergency medicine physician will do a full assessment. If a diagnosis is still not clear, the physician may consult with a specialist, and you’ll either be admitted to the hospital, discharged or transferred.

    Behind-the-scenes look at an ER visit


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