Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department holds a Level III Trauma Status, is a Level III Pediatric Emergency Care Center, and is a long-time participant in Delaware’s statewide trauma system.
WHEN TO USE THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
When it comes to your health, you want to get the right care in the right place.
The EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For possible life-threatening conditions, always go to the closest Emergency Department.
Not sure whether you should go to the Emergency Room or a doctor?
Go to your nearest Emergency Department if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Stroke symptoms:
- Sudden dizziness, weakness
- Sudden, severe headache
- Sudden blurred vision
- Numbness in face, arm or leg
- Fever in newborn (less than 3 months)
- High fever
- Major allergic reaction
- Persistent bleeding
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Pregnancy-related problems
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sudden, severe abdominal pain
If you are experiencing signs of a HEART ATTACK or STROKE, call 911 immediately!
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
When you arrive at the Emergency Department, a triage nurse will evaluate you and place you on a track for care depending upon the severity of your need. For higher-acuity patients (those who are likely to be admitted to the hospital), you will be placed in a hospital gown, assigned to a bed and evaluation or treatment will begin.
For lower-acuity patients (those who are not likely to be admitted to the hospital), you may not be placed in a gown or a bed, but instead moved along a path for further evaluation and treatment. This process is specifically designed for mobile patients to help them receive care and be discharged in a more timely and efficient manner.
No matter what level of care you receive at the Emergency Department, you are continuously monitored for changes in condition or needs. You can be moved from a fast track to a higher acuity care track at any time during your stay.
The Emergency Care Team at Nanticoke consists of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, technicians and support staff. Your initial triage may be done by a physician, an allied health professional such as a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, or by a specially trained emergency nurse. Radiology, laboratory, or therapy professionals may also be involved in diagnosing or providing treatment during your visit. Each department dresses in a uniform style or color that is specific to the job they perform. This helps you as a patient know who is caring for you. Ask your care provider for more information.
If you have any questions during your stay, please ask. Our staff is here to make you as comfortable as possible during your care.
GIFT OF LIFE
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is a participant in the Gift of Life Organ Donor program.