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Emergency Services

Accidents, injuries, sudden illnesses – in emergencies having access to outstanding medical care is essential, especially when minutes can EmergencyCare1make the crucial difference.

Both Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center are equipped to help you with prompt, high-quality medical care. Our Emergency Departments are staffed with qualified personnel 24 hours a day. The physicians and nurses in each facility are experienced and highly skilled to assess, evaluate and treat all types of emergencies.  

The Emergency Department at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center has been designated as a Level III Trauma Center while the Emergency Department at Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital has been designated as a Level IV Trauma Center.  This means the Emergency Department provides not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients.  

You can depend on our teams to treat you quickly and courteously in your time of need. While we make every effort to treat your illness or injury promptly, we must give first priority to the most seriously ill or injured.

We use two special systems to deliver care in the shortest amount of time possible.

5-5-60-90

1. The time from when you arrive to being seen in triage - 5 minutes
2. The time from triage to evaluation by a physician - 5 minutes
3. The time from arrival to discharge (if appropriate) - within 60 minutes
4. Time from arrival to being admitted into the hospital (if needed) - within 90 minutes

Specialized treatment areas:

Fast Track - for minor illnesses or injuries
+ Intermediate - specialized rooms for illnesses or injuries that are urgent but not life-threatening
+ Critical Care - for cardiac or traumatic emergencies, this area is equipped with state-of-the-art continuous computerized cardiac monitoring directly across from the main nursing area


 

Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC)
Did you know heart attacks have beginnings? These beginnings occur in over 50% of patients. Most importantly, if recognized in time, these beginnings can be treated before the heart is damaged!

Alarming statistics
Heart disease caused approximately one of every six deaths in the United States in 2006.
In 2011, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have a first-time heart attack and an estimated 470,000 will have a repeat heart attack.
Every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event and every minute, someone will die of one.
85% of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. EHAC is knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately—before heart damage occurs.

So what are the early symptoms?
Remember, people may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms.

  • Nausea
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of fullness

Also, people may experience mild chest symptoms, such as pressure, burning, aching or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.

Information courtesy of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.