13. Your Doctor Can Call in Ahead
If your doctor advises a visit to the emergency room, it may be helpful to have her call ahead to let staff know you are on the way. This helps them to prepare for your arrival. Your doctor may also be able to provide them with useful medical information about your condition. Furthermore, when your doctor calls ahead, you may experience less time in the waiting room.
12. Check with Them First If You Need to Pee
If you have been in the waiting room for a while, you may develop the need to pee. Before you head to the bathroom, check with the emergency staff to determine if they may need a urine sample. It can be frustrating to empty your bladder only to discover moments later that your doctor needs a sample.
11. Reserve the Emergency Room for Emergencies
It should go without saying, but the emergency room is for true emergencies. According to Beaumont Health, it is crucial to head to the emergency room if you experience symptoms including, but not limited to, chest pain, wheezing, open wounds, and broken bones. Other emergency situations may involve uncontrolled bleeding, dizziness, confusion, or the inability to see, talk, or walk. On the other hand, it is better to visit an urgent care center or doctor’s office for illnesses such as sore throats, runny noses, and earaches.