It’s nice to have had a crash course in preparing for a trip to the emergency room when a medical crisis arises. Here’s what you need to know and do:
Keep your ICE card with you at all times. Central Florida Regional Hospital offers ICE (in case of emergency) information cards free of charge. The important information on your ICE card enables first responders and the hospital to identify you, obtain medical information about you and contact your family. To get an ICE card, simply complete the form online or call toll-free 1-800-445-3392.
Also keep your healthcare insurance card handy. In addition, have a basic understanding of your coverage and responsibilities.
Stay calm. Panic often only makes matters worse. Instead, try to focus your thoughts on gathering important information. Be prepared with information including medical history, medication usage, a timeline of symptoms and the patient’s primary care doctor’s contact information. If your emergency involves a child, try to comfort him or her and calm any fears about what happens when you go to the emergency room.
Bring personal items of choice. If you or your loved one is admitted to the hospital, it’s nice to have a change of clothes, contact lenses or eyeglasses, and other desired personal items. In addition, having something to read or do can sometimes make a wait or stay more enjoyable.
Know that you’re in good hands. We use the Fast Track program in order to prioritize needs, and treat minor emergencies immediately without slowing the treatment of major emergencies. We are a primary stroke center accredited by The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization. We use the Broselow System to ensure accurate dosing and administration of drugs to children.
To learn more about the emergency department and our other services here at Central Florida Regional Hospital, visit us online or call (407) 321-4500 ext. 5749.