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EMS Guide

A Guide to Our Emergency Care

Saint Vincent Hospital provides state-of-the-art emergency medical services to the Worcester community. We have medical direction from board-certified emergency doctors available at all times. Medical professions can find an overview of our services and contact information for the emergency room, CMED and assistance with registration below:

Cardiac Arrests

  • Therapeutic hypothermia available
  • IO devices and advanced airway devices available

ST Elevation Myocardial Infarctions

  • Interventional cardiology available 24/7
  • Electrophysiology services available 24/7 for all pacemaker and AICD interventions
  • 12-lead EKG receiving capability (LIFENET)
  • Ventricular assist devices available
  • Accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

Respiratory Emergencies

  • CPAP and BiPAP available
  • Able to assist with any airway emergency

Obstetrical/Gynecological Patients

  • Obstetrical coverage 24/7
  • Level 2 Nursery provided 24/7

Psychiatric Emergencies

  • Emergency and crisis assessment team available 24/7
  • Inpatient psychiatric unit available

Inhalation and Burn Emergencies (Smoke, CO and Burns)

  • Well prepared to treat and transfer to hyperbaric chamber after evaluation
  • Ability stabilize ANY burn patient and treat accordingly
  • Cyanokits available for cyanide poisonings and smoke inhalations

Radiation Emergencies

  • Radiation Safety Officer on staff and available 24/7

Acute Strokes and TIAs

  • Certified by the Department of Public Health as a Primary Stroke Center
  • Emergent CT scanning and stroke team available 24/7
  • IV TPA for all eligible patients up to 4.5 hours after symptom onset
  • Neurological services and Neuro ICU available onsite

Plastic Surgery Service

  • Plastic surgery available 24/7

Traumatic Injuries

  • Prepared for isolated fractures of extremities, hips and knees
  • Prepared to treat all traumatic injuries with the exception of multisystem major trauma. Multi-system major trauma is typically transferred to a Trauma Center

Orthopedic and Sports Emergencies

  • Able to handle all orthopedic injuries (exceptions for very specialized cases that can not be determined in the field).
  • Orthopedic services and surgery available 24/7

Ophthalmological Emergencies (Cornea and Globe)

  • Ophthalmologists on call 24/7. Will arrange transfer if needed

Pediatric Patients (Younger Than 16)

  • Ability to treat pediatric emergencies
  • Inpatient non-ICU pediatric beds available

Decontamination/Toxicological Emergencies

  • On-site decontamination shower for 1-4 patients. WFD MDU trailer outside our emergency room can emergently decontaminate up to 50 ambulatory patients per hour
  • Toxicologists on staff and available 24/7

Dialysis Emergencies

  • Emergent dialysis capabilities are available 24/7

Sexual Assaults (Adult and Pediatric)

  • SANE nurses are on duty 24/7

Bariatric Issues

  • Bariatric patients of any size for bariatric surgery
  • Safe handling and moving equipment available
  • Accredited as a Level 1A facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center
  • Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons

Surgical Services Offered 

  • General surgery
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Robotic-assisted surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Spine procedures
  • Pain control
  • Thoracic surgery
  • ENT surgery
  • Urology
  • Ophthalmology surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery

Cardiology Surgical Services

  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Mitral stenosis
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Atrial fibrillation surgery/Maze procedure
  • Aortic regurgitation procedure
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Arrhythmia surgery
  • Mitral valve surgery
  • Adult congenital surgeries

Other Services

  • Full-service laboratory and blood bank available 24/7
  • 3 CAT scanners
  • 1 MRI scanner
  • PET scanner
  • On-site nuclear testing
  • Ultrasound and fluoroscopy and general radiographic exams available, including interventional radiology on standby
  • Social emergencies: ability to help with evaluation of abuse, neglect and mandated reporting
  • Language issues: multiple language options, including a language line and multilingual interpreters

Specialty Services not handled at Saint Vincent Hospital

Stabilization and transfer can be accomplished in emergency room but unlikely to be admitted:

  • Transplant of digits
  • Pediatric psychiatric care
  • Trauma surgery
  • Complex spine cases
  • Pediatric intensive care

Saint Vincent Hospital’s intensive care services include a medical and surgical ICU, coronary care and pulmonary care units with infection control isolation.

Contact Information

Emergency room: (508) 363-6025
CMED recorded telephone line: (508) 854-0100
Assistance with registration: (508) 363-9451