When you are in need for immediate medical attention, a hospital Emergency Room should be the first place you go to receive urgent services. For many people In the United Sates today, the emergency room may be the only option for healthcare. Here at Meadowlands Hospital, our staff has extensive expertise in emergency medical services and will treat everyone with compassion, courtesy and care. The goal of the MHMC emergency room is to maintain a high standard for clinical attention in a safe, clean environment for patients, family and staff members. With an established short waiting time, our team is equipped with the most sophisticated and innovative products on the market today.
Our emergency department is now fully digital and paperless to provide our patients with up to date information and keep families informed about their loved ones. Once you are discharged from our emergency department, one of our friendly staff members will contact you within 48 hours to see how you are feeling and answer any questions you may have. Meadowlands Hospital has now established its own ambulance services so the immediate community has access to medical assistance by dialing 911.
The medical staff of Meadowlands Hospital Medical would like to stress to never wait until the last minute to take care of your health needs. We have created a list of possible emergency situations that you should identify before you visit an emergency department:
• Chest Pain - Chest pain is one of the first signs of a heart attack and should not be ignored. Chest pain can be anywhere from your neck, back and even to your abdomen. The pain can be sharp, dull, burning, tight, and even stabbing. Chest pain may not always be a sign of angina or a heart attack but of other health concerns such as blood clots, pneumonia, a severe panic attack, shingles, and even gallstones and stomach ulcers.
• Compound Fractures - a compound fracture is an injury where there is a broken bone and also a break in the skin. If the bone is visible through the skin or the area is bruised and broken it could be a sign of a compound fracture. With compound fractures there is a very high risk of infection in and around the area which may cause problems with bone healing. Compound fractures are commonly treated by surgery to clean and stabilize the bone fracture.
• Ingestion of poisons - Ingestion of poisons requires medical attention immediately. Many of the symptoms of poisoning include seizures, strokes and insulin reactions. Other common signs can be burns or redness around the mouth area, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and general confusion.
• Seizures - Seizures are convulsions when a person's body shakes rapidly due to spasms in a person's muscles. There are many different types of seizures from mild to severe body shaking. Some symptoms of this can be changes in behavior, drooling, loss of bladder and bowel control, sudden falling, temporary halt in breathing. The person may also feel anxious and have visual and balance issues. These issues may also be a stroke or hypertension.
• Stroke - warnings signs of stroke are life threatening and need immediate emergency care and attention. Symptoms include sudden weakness in face, arm or legs, trouble speaking, seeing, and severe headache. Stroke can also be a sign of more serious issues such as a heart attack or seizures. It is imperative to seek medical attention if a person exhibits any of these symptoms. Meadowlands Hospital Emergency Room is equipped with stroke therapies to stop bleeding and prevent stroke damage to the brain.
In any emergency situation it is important to dial 9-1-1 immediately for medical assistance and attention. For more information on Meadowlands Hospital’s Emergency Room please call 201-392-3210.