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Injuries that Can Be Treated in the ER's Fast Track

Emergency care physicians diagnose and treat a wide range of medical problems—from life-threatening conditions like heart attacks to relatively minor complaints like respiratory infections. At the ER at St. Lucie Medical Center, and the St. Lucie Medical Center Darwin’s Square ER, patients with the most severe conditions are seen first. However, our Fast Track program allows patients with less serious medical problems to be seen in a timely manner without negatively affecting the care of emergent patients. A triage nurse may assign you to the Fast Track program if you have the following health problems.

Respiratory Infections

Respiratory infections can be unpleasant, but they are not usually serious. The common cold is one well-known example of an upper respiratory infection. Others include pharyngitis and sinusitis. Many people can recover from respiratory infections at home, but others may need supportive care in the ER. It can also be helpful to visit the emergency department to rule out the possibility that the symptoms are caused by more serious conditions. Generally, young children, elderly patients, pregnant women, those with chronic medical conditions and patients with suppressed immune systems are more likely to need the attention of a medical provider for respiratory infection symptoms.

Skin Rashes

Skin rashes are often the result of an allergic reaction or fungal infection. These are not usually serious, but may be evaluated in an emergency room. Rashes definitely require prompt medical attention if they cover the whole body, are accompanied by a fever, begin to form blisters, are painful or appear infected.

Wound Care

Patients with minor lacerations can be assigned to the Fast Track system. Even if a wound stops bleeding and does not appear serious, it requires the attention of a medical provider if it was inflicted by a dog or wild animal. These injuries are prone to infections. Some patients may go to the ER even if they have already received initial treatment for a wound. In these cases, a Fast Track provider may check on the progression of healing or remove sutures.

For Fast Track emergency care, you will use the same emergency entrance and check-in area as other emergent patients arriving at St. Lucie Medical Center. Our emergency care providers in Treasure Coast are dedicated to providing a high level of patient care and personalized attention to each individual who arrives at our hospital. For non-emergent inquiries, call a registered nurse at (800) 382-3522.

Categories: Emergency, Injuries


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