Knapp Medical Center’s Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day,
7 days a week.
The Emergency Department medical team consists mainly of physicians and
nurses who are specially trained for emergency medicine. This emergency
team is specifically trained to treat all types of medical emergencies.
Some of the most common are:
- Heart Attacks
- Injuries from automobile accidents
- Injuries from accidents at home or at work
- Violence-related injuries
Advanced Level III Trauma Center
Knapp Medical Center has been designated a Level III Trauma Center by the
Texas Department of State Health Services to provide resuscitation, stabilization,
assessment and treatment to injury victims.
What Happens When I Arrive at the Emergency Department?
When you arrive, you will meet with a member of the emergency triage team
who will evaluate your condition and assign you to the most appropriate
area of the department. It is very important that the most seriously ill
and/or injured persons be treated first.
Creating a record of your visit is necessary. After being evaluated and/or
treated, you will be asked to complete some forms that primarily ask for
you personal health information and your medical insurance coverage. All
information you provide to the emergency care personnel is protected by
the HIPPA privacy law.
Length of Stay
Every effort is made to provide prompt care but you may have to wait before
you are seen by a medical professional. There are a variety of reasons
for this. The most common reason is that other patients may need to be
treated first due to a more serious injury or illness. You may also have
to wait for procedures such as x-rays and laboratory test, and the results
can take a while to be obtained and reviewed. Your patience is always
Family members of patients are important both to our patients and our staff.
To provide efficient emergency treatment and a safe environment, only one
visitor may be with a patient at a time. (Two parents are allowed for
minor children after the initial medical evaluation is completed.)
The emergency medical team will keep family members in the waiting area
informed and up to date with the patient’s condition and progress.
After Your Visit
You will be given instructions for follow up care prior to your discharge.
It is very important that you understand and follow these instructions
accurately. If you do not understand the instructions or have any questions
about them-ASK! Patients are responsible for their own care after they
leave the ED. Patients are also responsible for and are strongly encouraged
to arrange follow-up appointments with their regular physicians. The Emergency
Department can refer patients to appropriate specialists for follow-up
care if necessary.
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