The emergency department is the busiest and most demanding area of the
hospital, treating patients with potentially life-threatening conditions
alongside those facing urgent illnesses and injuries that cannot wait
for regular physician’s hours. At the ER, it is not enough to provide
quick care, but treatment must also be accurate and effective to facilitate
the best outcomes. The Emergency Room at Palms West Hospital is fully
dedicated to offering the Loxahatchee community fast, convenient, accurate
care at all hours with state-of-the-art facilities and a tireless staff
of emergency trained nurses and physicians. Read on to discover how our
emergency department is different from others in the Western Communities.
Levels of Emergency Care
Because there is such a wide range of cases that may be treated in the
ER, our nurses utilize an expert triage process to ensure that the right
diagnosis is made fast for immediate treatment when every second matters.
In less urgent conditions, patients may have to wait for a treatment room,
though every effort will be made to minimize this wait time and facilitate
excellent care for every patient. Here is a closer look at the ways that
the triage nurses may classify your condition to determine the right course
Resuscitation – Triage is typically bypassed in cases requiring resuscitation in which
the patient is not stable. Conditions such as heart attack, traumatic
injuries, anaphylaxis, or stroke may fall into this category of emergency care.
Emergent Conditions – Emergent conditions are those that require immediate attention but not
stabilization. Broken bones, serious burn injuries, or abdominal pain
will typically be considered emergent conditions, and they will warrant
immediate admission to a treatment room.
Non-Emergent Conditions – In some cases, patients may need to head to the ER for conditions that
are not strictly emergencies. Severe flu symptoms, for example, may require
immediate treatment, which might only be available at the ER. Because
rooms need to be available for more urgent conditions, however, patients
may need to spend some time in the waiting room after triage to receive care.
Faster Emergency Services in Loxahatchee
Palms West Hospital has implemented the most advanced technologies available
with a full range of diagnostic equipment onsite to ensure that wait times
are kept low. We also have a dedicated pediatric ER at our Children’s
Hospital, which provides kid-friendly emergency care with average wait
times consistently below the national average.
If you are unsure where you should turn for urgent medical care, call Palms
West Hospital at (561) 345-7009. You can speak with a registered nurse
anytime, 24/7 so that you always have a great resource for your health
on your side.