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. Our emergency department capacity is approximately 45,000 patients each year.
Longmont United Hospital’s stroke program utilizes the best neurologists with advanced technologies. Our neurologist, a physician from Blue Sky Neurology, will be available 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to care for patients in the Hospital and for emergency visits. Blue Sky Neurology, providing neurology services to many hospitals along the Front Range, will be available 24/7 through Remote Presence Robotics.
Remote Presence Robotics is a telemedicine technology that includes a camera with a microphone for live two-way audio and video and a computer, on a wheeled cart for rolling into the patient’s room. When needed, a stroke specialist from Blue Sky Neurology will connect to Remote Presence Robotics, via the internet, and instantly view the patient at the bedside, much like video conferencing. This allows interaction with the patient, family members and clinical staff in the room. The stroke specialist can also control (and zoom) the camera to get closer to the patient for further diagnosis while accessing remote medical devices like electronic stethoscopes, otoscopes and monitoring., telemedicine technology.
Testing, testing, testing
Depending on your health concern, you may need to have laboratory tests, X-rays or even a CT scan to determine your immediate health condition. We are able to perform some diagnostic tests from your bedside and retrieve the results within ten minutes. Diagnostic tests typically performed are blood, glucose, and cardio.
Within the emergency department, CT scan and Digital Radiology reside which will speed the process of diagnosing your health concern. If you need a special x-ray, you will need to be moved/transported from the Emergency Department to the radiology area. Completing the exam may take several hours.
A two-suite cardiac catheterization lab is accessible for diagnosis and intervention 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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.