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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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Life Hacks to Prevent Five Common Types of Injuries

Injuries can happen to anyone, whether you’re cooking dinner, running down the stairs, walking in high heels or exercising in the gym. While some preventative measures are intuitive, it can’t hurt to brush up on a few reminders that can avoid unwanted downtime. Take note of a few tips for the most common types of injuries.

Bone and Joint Injuries

1. Practice exercises that can help improve your balance, such as standing on one leg.
2. Stretch to warm up muscles and joints before exercise.
3. Use nonskid mats in potentially slippery areas (i.e., bathroom, poolside, etc.)
4. Secure throw rugs with a nonslip pads.
5. Keep electrical cords hidden where they won’t be a tripping hazard.
6. Keep items off of stairways, such as toys or even laundry that needs to go upstairs.
7. Don’t play through pain in sports.
8. Don’t use a chair for a ladder.

Skin Injuries

9. Install smoke alarms and keep batteries current.
10. Put a fire extinguisher in the kitchen or other areas prone to fire. You can also use baking soda to put out small grease fires.
11. Beware of skin contact with strong chemical products.

Animal-related Injuries

12. Do not pet, hold or feed wild or unfamiliar animals.
13. Wear pants and boots when in areas with snakes or other things that bite.

Electrical Injuries

14. Throw away damaged electrical cords or wires.
15. Do not use malfunctioning electrical appliances.
16. Keep children away from electrical cords or sockets.
17. Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn (i.e., drapes and newspapers).

Brain Injuries

18. Wear a helmet or protective head gear when riding or using a motorcycle, bike, horse, ski, snowboard or contact sports.
19. Wear your seat belt when driving or riding in a vehicle.
20. Improve your balance to reduce your risk for falls.

Final Notes

While some injuries can be treated using the RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation), many of them need immediate care. For instance, dislocated joints and fractures are emergencies, regardless if they’re in your fingers, toes, hips, shoulders or other parts of the body. They’re extremely painful, swollen and noticeably out of place.

Meanwhile, electrical and brain injuries can be life-threatening. Therefore, if you or someone you know experience them, please call 911 immediately. Do not delay care. Your health and safety are our top priorities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission