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What to Expect From Emergency Surgery

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Updated June 17, 2014

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Assessment by Emergency Department Staff

Upon presenting to the Emergency Department, the staff will begin to assess the patient’s condition. This will include taking vital signs, taking a history of past and present illnesses, a discussion of symptoms and a physical examination by nursing staff and the physician.

If the patient is critically ill upon arrival and needs to be stabilized with medications, transfusions, intravenous fluids or other types of interventions, care will begin immediately upon arrival, and the assessment done simultaneously.

In most cases, the nursing staff will start an IV, or initiate IV access, in case it is needed for giving medications.

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