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Emergency Services

Holzer's Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at three locations: Holzer Gallipolis, Holzer Medical Center - Jackson, and Holzer Meigs Emergency Facility.

Conditions treated at the ER

Our Emergency Department treats a wide range of emergency treatment for illnesses, accidents, and other medical crises. A partial list of conditions which bring patients to the ER include:

  • Accidents – from sports injuries to car accidents
  • Allergic reactions
  • Problems with breathing, including asthma attacks and pneumonia
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Concussions and head injuries
  • Burns
  • Bleeding (including blood in urine and bowels)
  • Heart attacks and chest pain
  • Drug Overdoses
  • Strokes
  • Loss of vision or hearing
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Food poisoning
  • Vomiting
  • High fevers

The Emergency Department also features a full range of tests and we have the ability to provide follow-up as needed.

While you are in the Emergency Department area of the hospital, you may experience some things that are unfamiliar to you. We hope what follows will briefly explain the process that occurs while you are visiting the Emergency Department.

Triage

Whether you bring yourself, a family member brings you, or you are brought to the hospital by ambulance, you will speak with a Triage Nurse about why you are here. The Triage Nurse evaluates patients to determine who needs immediate care. Some patients must have care immediately. These patients are seen first. Although someone may go ahead of you, we are aware that you are waiting to be seen by a physician. If your condition worsens, let the Triage Nurse know immediately.

Please notify the Triage Nurse if:

  • Your condition changes
  • You need to lie down
  • You leave the Emergency Department

The Triage Nurse will record why you are here, medications you take, and important information about your past medical history. This nurse will also want to take your temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and discuss any pain you may have.

Registration

Your next step in the process is registration. You, or if you are too ill, a family member, will speak with one of the registration clerks. The clerk will want to know your name, address and who your regular doctor is. We will treat you even if you don’t have insurance. At registration you will be asked to sign a consent form. This gives us permission to treat you.

The acute care section of the Emergency Department is behind the double doors, near the Triage Waiting Area. You will be seen by a physician and may experience some or all of the following:

  • Ongoing care by a nurse assigned to care for you,
  • Blood drawn for laboratory tests,
  • These tests may take as long as one hour or more to be completed,
  • X-Rays (X-Rays take only a short time to be take, but the Emergency Department physician as well as the Radiology physician must examine the x-rays and make a determination before you will know the results)
  • EKG (heart racing).

Depending on test results, you may need:

  • Medications
  • IV fluids
  • Bandages
  • Stitches
  • Splints or casts
  • Surgery
  • Admission to the hospital

All of these things take different amounts of time. The nurse caring for you can provide an idea of the length of time you can expect to wait. If at any time you are unsure of what is going to happen next, or are concerned about delays, please ask any of our staff.

Discharge/After ER Care

You will be given after care instructions before you leave. It is very important that you understand and follow these instructions. If you do not understand any of the instructions, please ask. If questions arise once you get home, please call the Emergency Department at: 740-396-8316.

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