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Parkland Medical Center

Coming to the ER

When emergencies happen, we’re ready and waiting, 24/7. These tips will help you decide when you need to make a trip to the Parkland Medical Center emergency room and how to prepare for your visit there.

  • Chest pain and other heart attack symptoms
  • Stroke symptoms
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bleeding injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Serious injuries or burns
  • Major allergic reactions
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Severe reaction to an insect bite or medication
  • Possible poisoning or overdose
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings
  • If you need immediate medical assistance or are experiencing the signs of heart attack or stroke, do not drive yourself to the hospital. Call 911 immediately. Life-saving care begins in the ambulance as emergency responders prepare you and the hospital for your arrival.

    Emergency room staff cannot give medical advice by phone. If you’re unsure if you should come to the ER, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at (877) 642-2362, available 24/7.

    Learn more about Consult-A-Nurse.

    For the quickest care possible, bring the following items with you:

    • List of current medications or the actual medications
    • List of known medical allergies
    • A copy of results from any recent medical tests
    • List of recent medical procedures
    • Care preferences or restrictions
    • A responsible adult or phone number of someone to contact
    • A photo ID
    • Insurance information

    When You Arrive

    When you arrive at the emergency room, a triage nurse will evaluate your signs and symptoms and check your vital signs.

    Priority of Patients

    Patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries take priority for treatment in the ER, followed by seriously ill or unstable patients. We strive to make any patient’s time in the waiting room as pleasant and brief as possible.


    To avoid delays, you will be registered once you are in an examining room. The registration clerk will ask for medical records and identification and insurance information. All patients will be medically screened, evaluated and stabilized, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

    Who Will Treat Me?

    Our specially trained staff works together to provide patients with quality expert care. our team includes:

    • Board-certified physicians specializing in emergency medicine
    • Physician assistants and nurse practitioners with specialized training in emergency medicine
    • Nurses certified in advanced cardiac life support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and trauma nursing
    • Technicians with advanced EMS experience

    All team members have undergone extensive, advanced training, enabling them to respond to any emergency quickly.

    • Be sure to ask any questions before you leave. Every patient should leave the ER with a clear plan of care.
    • Keep discharge paperwork, instructions and medications, if applicable. This information is vital to your ongoing care once you leave the ER.
    • Contact your primary care provider after visiting the ER and follow up with a specialist, if appropriate for your condition (for example, an orthopedic doctor for broken bones). This helps with your overall care plan. If you have any tests taken but don’t receive the results, your doctor can review those results with you. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, we can help you find one. Use the resources listed below or ask your emergency room physician.