The Dangers of Overcrowded Emergency Rooms
Emergency rooms are often bursting at the seams during the summer months. They are full of people suffering from heat exhaustion and summer sports activity injuries. This overcrowding causes malpractice rates to soar because doctors are in a hurry, fatigued, and may not provide you with the best care.
Here are some tips to ensure that you obtain the best emergency room care possible:
- Time your visit — If possible, try to arrive at the emergency room early in the morning. The slowest times emergency room times are from 3:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
- Bring an advocate — Try not to go to the ER alone, if possible. There are many reasons for this advice. You may be disoriented, under the influence of pain medication, or otherwise unable to comprehend what the doctor is saying to you. If you have a friend or family member with you, they can ensure that you follow the doctor’s orders.
- Bring information — Bring along a list of the medications you are currently taking because, otherwise, certain harmful drug interactions could occur. Also, let the staff know if you are allergic to any medications. Finally, bring along any recent tests you have had done. This can save time and money so the staff doesn’t have to duplicate those tests.
- Don’t let them forget about you — If you’ve been waiting a long time, politely approach the front desk to make sure they haven’t forgotten about you. If you are really in danger, you need to let them know. Advocate for yourself (or have your friend do it) and don’t be shy.
- Mind your manners — You will receive better care if you treat the staff and nurses politely and with respect. Also, don’t talk on your cell phone excessively. Your goal should be to be the one who receives their attention.
When you visit the emergency room, following these tips will help you obtain the best care possible. However, if you’ve been the victim of poor emergency room care, consulting with experienced Tucson medical malpractice attorneys will help you understand your rights.