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Emergencies occur all of the time and no one is excluded from these unexpected risks. Though you cannot fully be prepared for all situations, there are rules of thumb you can follow to better prepare for such events. These rules will not only help you, but help the medical professionals assisting you to better treat you in a timely manner.

It is important to know what emergency centers are near you. For those in Hutchinson, Kansas and throughout Reno County, the nearest emergency room is in Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC).

To assist HRMC with your treatment, we recommend that you follow these 10 steps:

  1. Know when to call 911. If you or someone with you is facing a life-threatening situation such as loss of consciousness, breathing trouble or excessive bleeding, call 911. Emergency operators may be able to give you advice to help handle the situation while waiting for the paramedics/EMT to arrive to provide aid and transport.
  2. Don’t go to the emergency department alone. Bring someone to keep you company, provide information and take treatment instructions.
  3. Keep important medical information with you. Create an “emergency file” to bring with you that contains copies of your insurance cards, a list of medications, chronic conditions, allergies (particularly drug allergies) and operations you’ve had.
  4. Be prepared to wait. Every emergency situation is different. We will assess and prioritize your medical need when you first arrive. Your patience is appreciated.
  5. Always ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. We want you to be informed.
  6. Know your insurance coverage. We treat all patients regardless of ability to pay, but be sure to ask about out-of-pocket expenses and check your insurance policy for emergency department protocol. Some insurance companies will not pay for services if you do not notify them within 24 hours of the emergency room visit.
  7. Be honest about your injury or situation and don’t be afraid to ask for privacy if you need it. We need the facts to properly assess and treat your situation. Do not be afraid to tell us if you are taking birth control pills or Viagra, you’re pregnant or HIV positive, or have other sensitive information.
  8. Get all your post-treatment instructions in writing. Make sure you understand how to care for yourself and what to expect in terms of healing and recovery before you leave. Ask us to write down the medications you are to take and the name of the physician who treated you should your primary care doctor want to follow up with them later.
  9. Ask for generics. If we give you a prescription, don’t forget to ask the physician to indicate whether or not you can purchase a generic form of the same medication.
  10. Be clear about follow-up. As long as your symptoms do not worsen after discharge, you should not return to the emergency department. Before leaving, ask your treating physician if you should follow up with your primary physician during normal office hours.

It is important to HRMC that all questions you may have are answered and medical aid is available to you.

Please contact us at:     

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center

1701 E. 23rd Ave.

Hutchinson, KS 67502

Phone: (620) 665-2000