IS IT AN EMERGENCY?
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center is here to provide the highest quality of care, as quickly as possible when you’re worried about symptoms of an emergency.
If you’re experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE ER
When you arrive, a medical professional will greet you to determine whether your symptoms are life-threatening. Patients are treated in order of the severity of their condition.
Our average ER wait time reflects the time it takes to see a qualified medical professional. The number you see on our website represents a calculated average of the wait times from the previous four hours. ER wait times are approximate and provided for informational purposes only. During your visit, other factors can also influence your time spent in the ER:
- Time of day — There could be any number of patients experiencing an emergency at any given time. ERs are equipped to handle lots of patients, but a busier ER can impact wait times.
- Critical emergencies — Patients with life-threatening symptoms receive treatment first, which may cause other patients to wait longer.
- Diagnostic tests — You may need tests to accurately diagnose your condition. Additional time is needed to process and review test results with your emergency care provider.
- Admitting to the hospital — If you need to be admitted to the hospital, it could take additional time to prepare your room.
In order to accurately treat your condition, you might require diagnostic testing like x-rays, CT scans or blood work to give your doctor more information. Each test requires additional time to process and receive clinical results. You may be returned to the waiting room until those results are ready. We make every effort to speed up this process and keep you informed on estimated times for these results
Board-certified physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners all help quickly evaluate and treat you in the first available exam room. Depending on your condition, you may receive further assessment and treatment or if necessary, be admitted to the hospital.
Some ERs have a Rapid Assessment Zone or a FastTrack process so that patients with minor symptoms and conditions can be treated and sent home quickly. After treatment, your doctor and/or nurse will give you discharge instructions and medication prescriptions (if applicable).
Before you leave, we’ll collect information for your medical record and help you schedule follow-up care if needed.