Longmont United Hospital’s Emergency Department is a Level III trauma center which can provide emergency resuscitation, intensive care, and surgery for many trauma patients. Patients with exceptionally severe injuries are transferred by helicopter or ambulance to hospitals that are a Level I or II trauma center.
Within the emergency department, CT scan, Digital Radiology, and a laboratory reside which will speed the process of diagnosing your health concern. A two suite cardiac catheterization lab is accessible for diagnosis and intervention 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our emergency department capacity is approximately 45,000 patients each year.
When you arrive
A medical professional will listen to your health concern in a triage room to direct the appropriate level of care based on the severity of your illness or injury. Once admitted into the treatment area, an emergency nurse or physician assistant will be the primary person to keep you informed about your care.
In order to care for you more effectively, the Emergency Department staff may call the doctor who is most familiar with your health or a consultant for unique health concerns. Response from these doctors may take up to one hour. In the meantime, your emergency nurse will keep you informed of your status as frequently as possible.
Testing, testing, testing
Depending on your health concern, you may need to have laboratory tests, X-rays or even a CAT scan to determine your immediate health condition. We are able to perform some diagnostic tests from your bedside and retrieve the results within 10 minutes. Diagnostic tests typically performed are blood, glucose, and cardio.