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The Emergency Room (ER) at Saint Vincent Hospital provides you with access to nationally renowned experts in emergency medicine, toxicology, cardiac problems, trauma, and more when you need them most. At the Saint Vincent Hospital Emergency Room, you’ll find:

  • Patient procedures designed to make sure you see a doctor as quickly as possible
  • Expert emergency room doctors and highly skilled nurses providing specialized emergency care and triage
  • A fully equipped department that treats more than 60,000 patients each year

We work with doctors from Associated Physicians of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to staff our emergency room. With these experts on hand, Saint Vincent Hospital is proud to be able to offer some of the region’s top emergency care.

The Saint Vincent Hospital Emergency Room is designed for us to provide prompt, personalized care. Our facilities are fully equipped with 38 beds and specialized treatment rooms for resuscitation, eye, ear, nose and throat problems, orthopedic injuries, obstetrical and cardiac emergencies. If you’re in need of further care, Saint Vincent Hospital is able to admit you for treatment or direct you to specialized medicine at the hospital.

Door-to-Doctor Procedures

In order to ensure you see a doctor as soon as possible, our Emergency Room uses a “Door-to-Doctor” procedure for quick, effective treatment for every patient who comes through our doors. When you arrive, you’ll be seen by a triage nurse who will evaluate your condition and place you in a priority queue based on the severity of your symptoms. This order may change as new patients with more severe symptoms arrive at the emergency room. If your condition changes while you wait, please let the nurse know.

Depending on your condition, you may be sent to the emergency room to be seen by a doctor or asked to wait until an exam room is available. For mildly ill patients, we offer a Rapid Medical Evaluation service from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. This service is staffed by a physician and/or a physician assistant who evaluates your condition and provides treatment instruction, helping to have you in and out of the ER within 30 minutes.

After being seen by an emergency room doctor, you’ll either be sent home with instructions or referred to a consulting doctor or specialist who will decide if you should be admitted to the hospital.

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Beware: Eight Valentine’s Day Emergencies

February 14 is that time of the year when you’ll see people being all-out romantic and appreciative of their loved ones. And while people want to celebrate this day with as much optimism as there is love in the air, unexpected emergencies can still happen. With that in mind, here’s a list of the most common Valentine’s Day emergencies along with some things you can do to prevent them.


1. Burns from romantic candle light set-ups
Candle light is lovely, unless it turns into a full-blown fire. Never leave a burning candle unattended and keep flames away from anything that may catch fire and out of the reach of children and pets.

2. Romantic attempts gone wrong
Sometimes, an attempt to spice up the night may also bring you to the ER. Let’s just say, “play it safe,” and leave it at that.

3. Food poisoning
If you’re preparing a special meal at home, remember to keep your hands and all surfaces clean. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs away from ready-to-eat foods. Refrigerate leftovers within two hours.

4. Choking over dinner
One method of treating choking is the American Red Cross’ “five-and-five.” Hit the person’s back with the heel of your hand five times between the shoulder blades.

5. Fractures from wearing high heels
If you’re planning to wear high heels, watch out for slips or falls that may lead to a twisted ankle or a fracture.

6. Severe allergic reactions
Find out if your sweetheart has any allergies you need to know about. Allergies to food, fragrances, pollen and some metals in jewelry can ruin your good intentions.

7. Car accidents
Please don’t drink and drive.

8. Pet emergencies
In the spirit of avoiding emergencies, remember your pets, and keep them away from the Valentine’s chocolates, which can be toxic.

Takeaway

It’s good to anticipate Valentine’s Day with excitement and a gift on hand, but it’s also beneficial to be aware of the possible emergencies that may happen on this special day. This way, you can also prevent these Valentine’s Day emergencies or at least be prepared of what to do in case you experience any of them.

Finally, if these emergencies happen to you or to someone you know, whether it’s on Valentine’s Day or a regular day, please don’t hesitate to rush to the ER or call 911 immediately. Our ER is safe and ready to provide care 24/7. Your safe care is our #1 priority.

Sources:
National Candle Association
Centers for Disease Control
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Healthline
Pet Poison Helpline