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  • St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Services

    St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency ServicesSt. Mary’s Hospital is proud to offer the Illinois Valley the highest quality of emergency care. St. Mary's Emergency Department (ED) is staffed around the clock by board certified emergency medicine physicians and registered nurses. Our exceptional registered nurses are not only Trauma Nurse Specialists, but they are also certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
    Because of the competence of our skilled staff, St. Mary's Emergency Department has been certified by the State of Illinois as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics.

    What to expect during your visit.
    We know that a trip to the Emergency Department can be scary. It is an unfamiliar place that is usually very busy. You may be able to ease your anxiety by understanding better how our Emergency Department works.

    Arrival and Registration
    When you arrive at the Emergency Department, you will be greeted, and a decision will quickly be made whether to register you or to take you immediately to a treatment room. This decision is based on your medical signs and symptoms. If you are to be registered first, you will be asked to provide personal, family, and contact details. This step is necessary to develop a medical record for your visit and to link your current visit to any previous records we have for you in our computer system. If you arrive by ambulance or are determined to need immediate treatment, you will be assigned an emergency department bed prior to being registered. Because we must treat the patients with the most severe illnesses and injuries first, some patients will be asked to wait in our waiting area. It's important to note that no one who comes to the Emergency Department will be turned away, regardless of their ability to pay or their insurance coverage.
     

    Examination
    Once you are placed in an examination room, a registered nurse and an emergency physician will examine you, and the physician may order tests such as x-rays, lab tests, an EKG, etc. The care you receive is dependent on your clinical condition.

    Treatment
    Your Emergency Department care may include such treatments as intravenous fluids, nebulizer treatments, medications, splints, sutures, or cardiac monitoring. Treatments are ordered by the ED physician according to your medical condition. Once the results from any tests are ready, the physician will make a diagnosis, consult with your primary care physician if needed, and recommend further treatment or follow-up. Depending on your condition, you may be discharged, admitted, or transferred. In all instances, the emergency physician will discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan with you and/or your family. If you are discharged, you will receive written instructions covering such topics as medications, medical restrictions, and/or symptoms that may require a return visit.

    FAQs 

    Why do I have to wait so long in the Emergency Department?In the Emergency Department, we try to work as quickly as possible while providing the highest quality care. Unfortunately, patients sometimes still find that they may have a long wait for many reasons. Please keep in mind that the wait may be caused by a variety of factors including:

    • Waiting for the sickest patients to be seen first.
    • Overcrowding due to epidemics, like flu season.
    • Unlike a doctor’s office where appointments are spread out, many emergency patients may arrive at once.
    • Waiting for x-ray and laboratory results.
    • Waiting for specialist consultations.

    Why are some people seen sooner than others who've been waiting longer?Event though you may have arrived before another patient, if another patient's condition is more critical, the doctor will take care of him or her first. If you are asked to wait and start to feel worse or have pain, tell staff right away, so they can reassess you.