Going to the emergency room as just a visitor who is in perfect health and a stable state of mind is already disorienting, so you can imagine how confusing and overwhelming it is for the suffering patient. If you’ve ever been to an emergency room, then you probably felt like you did a lot of waiting around, received a lot of information you didn’t understand, and then received a bill that set you back on your savings goals for months…or years. The emergency room does not operate like a regular medical facility where one makes appointments and schedules procedures. Nobody expects to wind up in the emergency room. The receptionists cannot ask you to postpone your heart attack until next Thursday, when they aren’t as busy. The ER staff and facilities need to be equipped for anything but at the same time, they’re almost always overworked and overcrowded. That leaves you feeling lost in a sea of sirens and beeping machines. Here are things you should know about the emergency room.
These symptoms get you in quicker
Chest pains or dizziness will get you into the room quicker. That being said, only report these symptoms if they are true. If you fake them to get in quicker, the staff may run the wrong tests, wasting everyone’s time and your money. But, if you do have these symptoms, make sure to tell the front desk right away.