Emergency Medicine

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.

When Should I Go to the Emergency Room?

Go to the emergency room (ER) if you or a loved one has a serious or life-threatening illness or injury.

If you need quick care, but your condition is not life threatening, Essentia offers many services that do not require an appointment, including:

  • E-Visits – Online visits for more than 20 conditions. Receive a diagnosis and treatment plan for just $35.
  • Convenient Care – Walk-in care for minor illnesses and injuries that do not require lab or imaging services.
  • Walk-in Care – Walk-in care for minor illnesses and injuries. All walk-in care locations have lab services, including blood draw. Not all locations offer X-ray.
  • Urgent Care – Walk-in care for minor illnesses and injuries that may require lab or imaging services.

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.

Coordinated Care

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.

Emergency Services Team

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:

Toxicology Services

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.

What to Expect at the ER

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.

Your Exam at the ER

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.

Tests at the ER

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.

Care & Treatment

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.

How You Can Help

To help your visit to the emergency department go as smoothly as possible we recommend you:

  • Bring your photo ID and insurance card
  • Wait to eat or drink until your care team says it’s OK
  • Know the name of your primary care doctor
  • Know the names and doses of any medications you take
  • Limit your cell phone use while staff cares for you
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
  • Check with staff before you use the restroom
  • Ask questions and take notes

Give Your Feedback

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.

Your Privacy, Safety & Comfort

Expect your care team at Essentia to ensure your privacy and well-being by:

  • Verifying your name and date of birth each time we interact with you
  • Closing your room’s door or curtain
  • Keeping your bed’s side rails up and call lights in reach
  • Practicing good hand hygiene
  • Answering your questions and listening to concerns about privacy


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