Whether a minor emergency or a serious trauma, our emergency department provides care with expertise and compassion.
Craig General Hospital offers 24-hour emergency department staffing. Our nurses maintain advanced cardiac life support training. Comprehensive protocols stand in place to provide swift action when a patient requires care for a possible heart attack or stroke.
State-of-the-art x-ray equipment, including CT scanning and laboratory services are easily accessed by our emergency department to assist in providing timely diagnoses.
While all injuries and illnesses are uncomfortable and worrisome to patients and their loved ones, our staff is trained to make sure patients with the most serious injuries or illnesses are seen first. Patients are not always treated in the order they arrive. Depending on the nature and severity of the problem, a patient may be seen ahead of others who have been waiting longer. Waiting times can increase when trauma patients or seriously ill patients arrive.
Once you are in an examination room, a nurse will evaluate you by taking personal and medical history information and checking vital signs, including temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. The doctor will be in to see you as soon as he or she is able. A member of the emergency department staff will check on you regularly.
Once in the treatment area, your total stay may depend on your symptoms, illness and whether you have to be admitted to the hospital. If you need testing before we treat your illness or injury, your time in the emergency department may take longer. To accurately diagnose your condition, we need time to review any lab and radiology tests. Some results could take approximately two hours. Our health care team will make every effort to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.
We understand the need for family and friends to be with patients in the emergency department and welcome your input and observations. Patients may be limited to one visitor at the bedside, or both parents, if the patient is a child.
Visitors may be asked to temporarily leave the treatment room to facilitate treatment, protect patient privacy or modesty, or in critical situations. Please do not bring food or drink into the treatment rooms.
For safety reasons, we ask that you keep infants and small children from crawling or playing on treatment room floors. Visitors are as important to us as patients, so if you have any needs, please let the staff know. We do ask that visitors remain in their patient’s room to protect the privacy of other emergency department patients.
On occasion, when more extensive care is needed, area ambulance services can provide emergency transportation to a more specialized trauma center.
When deemed necessary, our lighted helipad is ready for air ambulance transfer to facilities in Tulsa or Joplin.