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IF YOU ARE HAVING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, CALL 9-1-1

Black River Medical Center has an Emergency Department that will treat those that need immediate medical attention. The scope of the emergency services are similar to larger emergency rooms, we are fully capable of handling emergencies. If a patient comes to our Emergency Department and it is determined that their condition is beyond the scope of care of Black River Medical Center, we will stabilize them, then transfer to a higher-level-of-care facility. The Black River Medical Center’s Emergency Department is fully-staffed and open 24 hours every day. We serve men, women, children and infants with emergency needs.

Emergency Room

WE DELIVER COMPASSIONATE CARE ANY TIME, EVERY TIME.

Black River Medical Center has an Emergency Department that will treat those that need immediate medical attention. The scope of the emergency services are similar to larger emergency rooms, we are fully capable of handling emergencies. If a patient comes to our Emergency Department and it is determined that their condition is beyond the scope of care of Black River Medical Center, we will stabilize them, then transfer to a higher-level-of-care facility. The Black River Medical Center’s Emergency Department is fully-staffed and open 24 hours every day. We serve men, women, children and infants with emergency needs.

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CHRIS PINDERSKI, MD

Medical Director

The Highest Quality Care - Quickly

In an emergency, every minute counts in providing the best care. At the Black River Medical Center Emergency Department, this not only means quality medical care, it also means personalized attention to our patients’ emotional and spiritual needs.

 

Our emergency room staff sets high standards for caring for you, and we take pride in meeting and exceeding these standards. Our staff is well-prepared to meet the demands of the emergency room.

 

We hope you never need our services. But if you or a loved one ever experience a medical emergency, it’s good to know that Black River Medical Center’s emergency staff is here for you in every way.

Important Numbers

Black River Medical Center Emergency Room

(573) 686-6001

Poison Prevention Hotline

1-800-222-1222

Crisis Intervention

800-356-5395

THREE IMPORTANT STEPS

Triage

Upon arrival, the patient is seen by a triage nurse who prioritizes care needs based on symptoms and how sick or injured the patient is.

Registration

A registration clerk takes information about the patient’s (age, religion, etc.), insurance coverage, and current physicians.

Medical Care

Every patient is assigned an emergency nurse. It is likely the patient will be seen by more than one physician and nurse.

Prioritizing Patient Care

If you notice that other people are being seen before you, it’s because we need to treat the sickest patients first.
If you think you’ve been overlooked, please ask someone for help. We will update you as often as possible.
If you think your condition is worsening and you need to be seen right away, ask to be checked by a nurse.

Is it an Emergency?

First, contact your doctor and discuss the situation with him or her. If you can’t reach your doctor, it’s better to be safe than sorry: Call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room.

Is it Life Threatening?

Look for these indicators:

Heavy bleeding
Seizures
Difficulty breathing
Excessive pain
Unconsciousness
Large bruise or other obvious injury
Change in skin color
Change in skin condition (cold, clammy, etc.)

IF YOU THINK YOU FACE A LIFE-TREATENING SITUATION, DON’T HESITATE:  CALL 9-1-1 OR GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM!

Wait Time

You will be “triaged” (given an initial medical evaluation) right away. We always treat the sickest patients first, regardless of who arrived first.

 

Triage and admission usually take 15-20 minutes. Treatment begins depending on the seriousness of your condition and how many other patients are in need of emergency care. For example, severe bleeding or a head injury takes priority over a broken arm.

 

If you think you’ve been overlooked, feel free to ask for an explanation. If you think your condition is getting worse, ask to be checked by a nurse. We’ll update you as often as possible.

What to Bring

Photo ID
Health Insurance Card
Current Medications
Updated Medical History

Hours of Operation

Our entire emergency facility is open and fully staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.