A trip to the hospital emergency room can entail hours of waiting around, especially if your complaint is not life-threatening.
If you need emergency care, the Association of Maryland Hospitals and Health Systems offers these tips:
- If your condition worsens while you are waiting to be seen, have someone alert the triage nurse.
- If you can, bring your medications with you.
- If your complaint is not critical, call another nearby urgent care centre to see if it is less crowded.
- Have your medical and insurance information up-to-date and on hand, if possible.