UAB Medicine Emergency Department Information Guide Emergency Dept booklet-8.5x11-FOR WEB (1) - Page 2

WELCOME TO UAB MEDICINE Welcome to the UAB Medicine Emergency Department and Trauma Center. This booklet is designed to answer some commonly asked questions and help provide a sense of peace and direction during this stressful time. We also encourage you to reach out to our staff with any questions and concerns you may have. Your loved one is in good hands at UAB Medicine. Our Emergency Department and medical center offer many specialized services and hold several important distinctions, including: • Level I Trauma Center • Magnet-Recognized Nursing Care • Comprehensive Stroke Center • Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center WHAT TO EXPECT Visitors to the UAB Medicine Emergency Department often ask, “How long will I have to wait before being seen by a doctor?” Due to many factors, we are unable to predict wait times. The doctor may order various tests and examinations, such as X-rays, CAT scan, lab work/blood draw, and EKG. Each of these requires varying amounts of time. While you wait to be seen, you are welcome to come and go as you please. However, we cannot guarantee you a “spot in line.” So please be aware that if you leave and your name is called, your spot will be given to the next person in line. In addition, you will be required to pass through our security checkpoints every time you enter the Emergency Department. This is for your safety and ours. In addition to the doctor who will oversee your care, you will come into contact with a variety of UAB Medicine staff while you are here. The chart shows the scrub colors worn by various types of medical staff. 2 UAB Medicine Emergency Department Information Guide