Freestanding Emergency Units
Freestanding emergency units can best serve the community when there is a medical emergency. Medical emergencies are injuries or illnesses that are acute and pose an immediate risk to a person’s life or long term health. These emergencies may require assistance from another person, who should ideally be appropriately trained and qualified to offer such care. Depending on how severe the emergency is, and the quality of the treatment to be given, it may require the involvement of several trained medical personnel.
Essentially, acute medical problems are those that are normally brief with sudden onset. For example, if you cut yourself, or contract the cold or flu, these are considered acute conditions. They occur suddenly and without warning, but there is usually an end to the condition in a few days.
In contrast, chronic medical conditions are those that often develop slowly and last for long periods of time. For example, if you suffer from chronic pain, it means you have experienced this pain over an extended period of time, or if you have a chronic condition, it is one that could last a lifetime. However, this does not mean that they are incurable, but just that it would take a much longer period than usual to recover completely from a chronic condition, if ever.
A response to any emergency medical situation will depend mainly on 3 factors, namely, the situation, the patient involved and the availability of emergency care. This is where special facilities known as free-standing emergency rooms are vastly superior to other forms of emergency services available today.
Compared to urgent care clinics or centers, as the name implies, free-standing emergency rooms actually offer the complete range of equipment, procedures and services that a traditional emergency unit at a hospital offers, except for the fact that they are independent of a hospital. More importantly, such facilities are able to accept ambulance traffic.
In particular, free-standing emergency rooms have proven to be particularly relevant and useful not just in rural areas where there is a lack of acute care hospital services, but also in the major cities.
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