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August 10, 2017

Late evening: You’ve been injured, and the deep gash on your calf clearly needs stitches. Or it’s 5 p.m., and your elderly father is confused and disoriented. You call his geriatrician, who tells you to take him to the emergency room.

At the ER entrance, EMTs are wheeling in patients on oxygen. Inside, the waiting room is packed. Someone mentions a multi-car crash on the highway. As a relatively stable patient in an overcrowded ER, you settle in for a long wait. What should you know?

1. High-severity patients take top priority. Rosemarie Melendez is the director of the emergency department and nursing administration at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland. The hospital ER, which serves Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, and also takes some ambulances from the nearby District of Columbia, is “very busy,” she says.

As patients arrive, the triage nurse evaluates their acuity or severity. When a high-acuity patient comes into the packed ER, “it’s like the stock exchange,” Melendez says. “You’re in the back deciding, ‘Who am I pulling out of a bed? Who am I sticking in the hall that can wait for test results? Who needs a monitor? Who do I need to sit next to me?’”

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July 28, 2017

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