PREPARED for the unexpected
Most people try to avoid life's accidents and illnesses. But that doesn't mean we have to be unprepared. To meet our community’s emergency healthcare needs, Methodist ER is prepared and ready - 24/7.
About every 12 minutes someone comes to us with an emergency. For 32 years we've been ready to meet our community's needs. Now, we're expanding our emergency room to provide even better service in the years to come.
Remember, when emergencies arise, Methodist ER is ready for you.
What you can expect when visiting the ER
We know a visit to the ER may cause a great deal of fear, anxiety and stress. Our goal is to care for all patients as quickly as possible.
After an initial assessment, patients are cared for based on the nature of their injury or illness. Those in life-threatening, critical-care situations are always given top priority. This order is constantly shifting as new, unexpected patients arrive. We try our best under these conditions to keep everyone apprised of the situation.
Factors that affect the time it takes to receive treatment:
- Waiting for the sickest or most seriously injured patients to be seen first
- Unlike a doctor's office where appointments are scheduled, many emergency patients arrive at once
- A patient might require specific equipment that is already in use
- Results of procedures such as x-rays, lab tests and scans take time to be processed
- Waiting for consultations from specialists
- Beds on inpatient floors are full, resulting in patients remaining longer than expected in ER beds