Trauma resuscitations are managed by a multidisciplinary team, composed of both surgical and emergency medicine residents, with a trauma attending in house 24/7.
The department also manages a wide range of problems including URI, UTI, musculoskeletal injuries, rashes, and simple ophthalmologic complaints.
The core mission of the EMD is to improve and expedite the management of patients with medical or traumatic conditions requiring inpatient management but whose care can, on average, be completed in 24 hours or less.
Often, there are patients with low risk for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) who are admitted to rule out myocardia infarction. The next most common medical diagnoses admitted to the EMD are cellulitis and/or abscess, reactive airway disease, hyperglycemia, dehydration, and sickle cell disease.
In addition, the EMD is tailored to meet the specific needs of the clinical demands of a level one trauma center and tertiary referral center for patients with carbon monoxide poisoning requiring hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Stable carbon monoxide poisoning patients requiring three hyperbaric oxygen treatments are admitted as well as transferred from regional hospitals.
The EMD admits patients with cardiac contusions, closed head injuries, and other traumatic injuries with a high likelihood of being discharged within 24 hours.
The EMD is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and is staffed around-the-clock by Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs) and Registered Nurses (RNs). Emergency Medicine attending physicians cover the unit on a daily basis, rounding on the patients each morning, helping direct the clinical management of the patients, and evaluating new admissions. In addition, attending physician consultation is available from the ED staff around-the-clock.