In a medical emergency, UT Health Science Center offers fast and kind ER services

Friday, August 29, 2008

For East Texas Healthcare, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008

When a medical emergency arises, you don’t have time to waste.
The American College of Emergency Physicians says the first few minutes of a medical crisis are crucial. It recommends that you:

  • Post emergency numbers on your telephones. Make sure your children know how to call 911 and give their names, address, and a brief description of the problem.
  • Learn the warning signs of medical emergencies and seek emergency care when they occur.
  • Have well-stocked first aid kits in your home and car.
  • Keep updated medical history forms for each family member in your home, car, first aid kits, and wallet. Take these forms along when you go to the emergency room.
  • Provide copies of consent to treat forms to babysitters, relatives, school nurses, and anyone who takes care of your child. That will enable your child to receive emergency treatment even if you’re not there.
  • Always leave written contact phone number(s) with any caregivers so that they can give them to emergency room staff.
  • Take a first aid class and learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

In the fast and kind emergency room at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, emergency-trained physicians and nurses stand ready to provide stabilization and treatment of life-threatening conditions and immediate treatment of major or minor illness or injury.

Such conditions include: chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, respiratory illnesses, minor trauma to limbs, fever, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, and lacerations.

Gregory Johnson, MD, medical director of UTHSCT’s emergency room, is board certified in emergency medicine and has 26 years of experience as an emergency room physician.

At the UT Health Science Center ER, medical personnel are trained in advanced trauma life support, advanced cardiac life support, and pediatric advanced life support.

They staff general treatment rooms, pediatric rooms, and isolation rooms, where fast-and-kind emergency care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The ER is easily accessible from U.S. 271, has ample free parking, and is just minutes away from downtown Tyler.

Conveniently located 20 minutes or less from Big Sandy, Gladewater, Hawkins, and Lindale, and less than 30 minutes from Mineola and Overton, the medical professionals at UT Health Science Center’s ER are committed to providing fast, compassionate care.

With the quick in-and-out time at the Health Science Center’s ER, you’ll be resting comfortably sooner.

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