Emergency Department personnel across the country are dedicated to saving lives. Emergency
care teams collaborate closely with emergency responders to ensure timely
interventions to critical patients, including those who require care for
heart attacks, strokes and other life-threatening problems. However, your
local ER can also provide medical care for severe, yet non-life-threatening,
medical problems such as broken bones and flu complications. Fast Track
is an innovative ER program that meets the needs of non-emergent patients
at St. Lucie Medical Center.
How Fast Track Works
Fast Track is a service that is
designed to reduce the wait times of all patients. With Fast Track, patients with non-life-threatening medical
conditions can receive quick treatment without affecting the care provided
to patients with life-threatening problems.
Where Fast Track Is Located
If you think you might be a good candidate for Fast Track treatment, you’ll
go to the same ER entrance and check-in area as you normally would for
any other ER visit. Fast Track is an extension of the ER and is located
in the same area.
Which Conditions Are Treated Through Fast Track
Fast Track practitioners treat common medical conditions that can be diagnosed
and managed rapidly. These include symptoms like earaches, coughs, sore
throats and back pain. Fast Track cases include digestive complaints,
possible urinary tract infections (UTIs), minor lacerations, and minor
allergic reactions. Fast Track practitioners can also remove sutures and
check on the progress of wound healing.
Which Medical Providers Offer Care
Regardless of whether a patient is on the Fast Track or not, he or she
will always receive high-quality medical care from an experienced and
appropriately trained medical provider. The emergency care team members
who may provide Fast Track care include physicians, doctors of osteopathy
(DO), physician assistants (PA) and nurses.
If you or a loved one requires emergency care in Treasure Coast, call 911
without delay. Non-emergent inquiries about the healthcare services available at
St. Lucie Medical Center may be directed to a registered nurse at 1.800.382.3522. Our community
hospital is pleased to be a leading provider of ER care for patients of all ages.