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Medical problems and emergencies don’t always occur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. And when you are suffering,
every second counts. The Emergency Room at Ashley County Medical Center is a specialized unit designed to provide quality emergency
care 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
When you arrive at the ACMC ER, the ER nurse will see you and perform a brief triage assessment of your complaint, medical history, vital signs, and allergies. If your condition is serious, you will receive care immediately upon presentation. A physician will then take a detailed history and perform a physical examination to evaluate your medical problem. It may be necessary to organize blood tests, x-ray or other types of tests to define the extent of your medical problem. Following the clinical and laboratory evaluation, a management plan will be discussed with you. Patients are seen in the order of the seriousness of the medical problems. Critically ill patients are always seen before patients with less serious problems. As a result, the waiting time may vary depending on the seriousness of your medical condition and how many patients with more serious illnesses are in the department.
We care for a variety of medical problems in our Emergency Department, from broken bones to complex injuries and illnesses. Some of the common symptoms that indicate a possible medical emergency include:
- Breathing difficulties
- Chest pain
- Stroke symptoms, such as slurred speech, severe headaches or weakness on one side of the body
- Deep cuts or abrasions
- Possible broken bones
- Constant pain
The ACMC ER team includes highly skilled physicians and emergency nursing staff of Registered nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses. Our staff receives special training to help treat a variety of emergencies.Training and certifications include:
- Basic Life Support (CPR)
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support
- Advanced Trauma Life Support
- Advanced Burn Life Support
- Trauma Nursing Core Course
- NIH Stroke Scale
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WAITING AND SUPPORT AREA
We have a comfortable, family-friendly waiting area with a television and magazines available. Vending machines, coffee and snacks are available nearby.OUR GOAL
Our goal is to satisfy every customer’s needs, within the department, either by admission and treatment as an inpatient or by appropriate referral elsewhere outside the hospital. At times, you may encounter a delay before your problem is dealt with. We endeavor to deal with everyone with a minimum of delay and overall to ensure that everyone receives the best care. We know that a visit to the Emergency Room can be an upsetting and frightening experience for some people. However, our staff is highly trained and will provide the best care possible.