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Inside the ER: What to expect

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Posted at 5:00 AM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 07:46:56-04

TULSA, Okla. — Every year, Americans make 139 million visits to their local emergency room, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Forty million of those visits involve injuries that require immediate care.

Whether you call, walk in, or an ambulance rushes to provide transportation, Tulsa's newest emergency room and hospital is ready to help.

"I check them see what they're here for. Make sure we get their information checked in, get them registered and then get them ready to get back and checked by the doctor." said Nichole Chesser, registrar at Tulsa ER & Hospital.

Nursing staff rush to bring a wheelchair, crutches, or even a gurney should the patient need help getting to the exam room.

"We get vital signs, we ask them what's wrong, evaluate them," said Norrie Webb, RN, BSN. "Try to figure out what's wrong so we can do to help them as quickly as possible."

Patients come through the doors at all hours of the day and night.

"Today, I've seen a couple ankle injuries. I've seen a foot injury. We've had a couple folks that came in just to get a coronavirus swab, a couple of folks that have nausea, vomiting, abdominal complaints, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea," Dr. Chris Simic, emergency medicine physician.

From broken bones, cuts that need stitches, stroke, chest pain, trauma care or even a Covid-19 test in a hurry, these emergency medicine specialists keep state of the art equipment on hand including a laboratory that can provide immediate results.

We do have a full service emergency department, along with a hospital side to admit patients for short term stays or even long term in-patient states," said Dr. Mark Blubaugh, medical director and physician at Tulsa ER & Hospital.

A physician-owned hospital, Dr. Blubaugh said they offer concierge level care which is more personalized service than what patients find at community hospitals.

Doctors and staff explain the diagnosis, treatment and care to each patient. If needed, they will set up a transfer to another facility or make an appointment with a specialist.

"Patient first in everything," Dr. Blubaugh said. "We are here for those actual emergencies and we are here to ease patients fears with 'this really isn't anything to worry about.'"

For more information about Tulsa ER & Hospital, click here.

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