7. They Want You to Ask Questions
The goal of emergency room care is to diagnose and treat your condition and determine a course of action. If you do not understand your treatment plan, these efforts can be foiled. Don’t be afraid to ask questions regarding future tests that are needed, which medications you need to take, or how to perform self-care procedures at home. A misunderstanding may just land you back in the emergency department or hospital.
6. It Helps If You Know Your Medications
If you take a variety of medications, it can be helpful to carry a list of those medications and their doses in your wallet or purse. Knowledge of the prescription and over-the-counter medications you are already taking can help your ER physician diagnose your symptoms and make a treatment plan. Since many medications may interact negatively with other drugs, it is critical to know the names of the meds you are taking. It is never helpful to tell your doctor you take a “little orange pill” or “long white tablet.”
5. They Can Tell If You Are Seeking Narcotics
If you are considering visiting the emergency department with the goal of obtaining narcotics, just don’t. Medical personnel can tell if the intent of your visit is simply to obtain narcotic medications. Avoid wasting your time and that of the emergency room workers. Allow emergency room staff to tend to the legitimate healthcare crises that crowd their waiting rooms.