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Anytime you are not comfortable with a medical situation, call 911 (or your local emergency number), go to your nearest emergency room, or call your family physician.
In an emergency, it is easy to "forget" even the most well-known information. That is why it is crucial for you to complete the information in this form for each member of your household.
Having a very sick or severely injured child is a parent’s worst nightmare. If it happened to your child, would you know the best way to go about getting treatment? Knowing when to call an ambulance is important.
If you're sick or hurt and want help quickly, it may seem like a good idea to go to the emergency room (ER) for care. You may think of the ER as a source of the most immediate medical attention, but if your situation is not a real emergency, this isn't true.
If you suffer a serious eye injury, what you don't do immediately afterward may help more than what you do.
About ER Extra
Some of the area's most experienced physicians and nurses provide emergency care to our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Yakima Regional's emergency room through our exclusive ER Extra™ initiative. All of our physicians and nurses have been specially trained to provide skilled, professional care in an emergency setting. In addition, our nurses are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Stroke Care. Our emergency department has two distinct areas of treatment -- one for your minor emergencies and the other for your major health care emergencies.
What's ER Extra?
We are the community’s exclusive provider of ER Extra™, a new approach to the emergency room experience, designed to give you extra fast, extra easy and extra great care.
By the time you enter our emergency room, every minute – every second – seems like forever. That’s why the clock starts ticking the moment your name enters our system at the registration desk. In general, initial assessments take place within 15 minutes of arrival. Patients with non-life threatening conditions can expect to be evaluated, treated and discharged to their home in typically less than two hours. To deliver the fastest quality care possible, the emergency room has a computerized tracking system that records every second you spend there. This data is constantly reviewed by your treatment team to streamline processes and speed up the time it takes to deliver care. The result is that you see a member of the clinical team sooner, so treatment can begin quicker.
Board certified doctors and highly trained staff are by your side throughout your visit. They are there to explain your diagnosis and how it will be treated, as well as discuss any follow up care you may need.
Extra great care
The best care results from excellent customer service and friendly staff members. Consistently, our team has ranked as a Top Performer relative to patient satisfaction. We are committed to treating you with outstanding care and compassion.
Having chest pain? Our team is highly trained in taking care of patients with cardiac symptoms. Yakima Regional’s “door to balloon” time, or the time it takes from when the patient walks through the door until angioplasty is performed, is more than 40 minutes less than the average found by the American Heart Association of 100 minutes. Patients entering the ER with any kind of chest pain are immediately admitted and monitored by an EKG to determine if catheterization is needed.
Yakima Regional has been named an "Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI" by the Society for Chest Pain Centers. This distinction means that we are able to provide a higher level of cardiac care to patients with chest pain. We have the tools and experience to quickly and efficiently diagnose and treat all patients arriving in the ER with cardiac symptoms.
The Fast Track
Yakima Regional’s ER makes every second count, with a “fast track” system where patients who require less acute care can be treated efficiently. Fast Track patients include those who have cold or flu symptoms, sprains, eye infections, small cuts, and other medical problems that are not considered critical.
Yakima Regional’s emergency room also features Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) to help victims of sexual assault. SANE nurses receive special training that can help them deal with the emotional and physical needs of a patient who has been sexually assaulted.
Convenient, Quality Care
All of our Emergency Department physicians are board certified, and we offer bedside registration, which allows patients more privacy and can expedite the ER process. Our renovated ER has been expanded to 21 beds, including 2 trauma rooms and a decontamination room, all featuring bedside computers. All of the equipment in the ER is state-of-the-art, allowing even the most severely injured patients to be stabilized. We are a level III trauma center.