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Choose an Essentia Health emergency department near you in Minnesota, North Dakota, or Wisconsin for fast, compassionate medical care.
If you have life-threatening symptoms, call 911.
Go to the emergency room (ER) if you or a loved one has a serious or life-threatening illness or injury.
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If you need quick care, but your condition is not life threatening, Essentia offers many services that do not require an appointment, including:
During clinic hours, you can also call your primary care provider with questions or to see if a same-day appointment is available. Choosing the right type of care can save you time and money. If you’re an Essentia patient, and you’re not sure where to go, call our Nurse Care Line.
If you’re already an Essentia Health patient, your emergency room doctors will have access to your Essentia medical record. That means you’ll benefit from coordinated care during and after your visit.
Count on Essentia’s multidisciplinary team to evaluate and treat your condition as quickly as possible and provide support to your family. Your team may include:
If you or a loved one come into contact with a toxic substance or have symptoms of an overdose, get care as quickly as possible. Several Essentia Health emergency departments in northeastern Minnesota offer toxicology services. Your doctor may consult with a toxicologist who has advanced training to diagnose and treat conditions caused by exposure to chemicals, poisons, drugs, and other substances.
When you arrive, a nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature, and ask questions about the reason for your visit. You also may be asked about your health history, medications, or drug allergies.
Most patients are seen in the order they arrive, but those with life-threatening issues must be seen first. If you don't need immediate care, you’ll stay in the waiting room until an exam room is ready.
Tell a staff member if your condition gets worse. Don’t leave without being seen. If you decide to leave without treatment, talk to a staff person first.
You’ll be taken to an exam room where a nurse will assess your condition and ask questions about your injury or illness. A paramedic or patient care technician may help. Then, an emergency department doctor or advanced practitioner will finish your exam.
You may be asked the same questions by different members of your care team. This is done for your safety and to make sure you get the best care. You can rely on your care team to listen to you and communicate with each other.
Depending on your condition, your doctor may order blood tests, X-rays, etcetera. Your doctor may also consult with other specialists. Trust us to do our best to identify the cause of your health concern.
Once we diagnose your condition, your care team will develop a treatment plan. You may get treatment in the emergency room and go home, or you may be admitted to the hospital. Before going home, you’ll receive discharge instructions, which may include information about medications. You may need to get follow-up care from a primary care doctor or a specialist.
To help your visit to the emergency department go as smoothly as possible we recommend you:
Within a few weeks of your visit, you may get a phone call asking about your experience. We welcome the opportunity to hear your feedback. You can also let us know about your experience by sending an email to our patient relations department.
Expect your care team at Essentia to ensure your privacy and well-being by:
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