Patient & Visitor InformationContact Us
  • Emergency Services at Newport Hospital

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    • How does an emergency medicine specialist differ from a generalist, such as a family practitioner, who also handles emergencies?
      Emergency medicine physicians typically have greater training and experience in dealing with emergencies of all kinds (medical, pediatric, traumatic, gynecologic, orthopedic, ophthamologic, toxicologic, etc.). On the other hand, emergency medicine physicians have less training and experience in dealing with chronic stable conditions (e.g., non-emergent diabetes, arthritis, or hypertension management).
    • Are all emergency department physicians emergency medicine specialists? Are nurses trained specifically in emergency medicine?
      Yes. Six of seven are residency trained and board certified in the specialty. The other has many years of experience in emergency medicine. All our nurses are trained as emergency nurses and many have completed certification exams as certified emergency nurses.
    • What are the most common injuries and illnesses seen in the ER?
      The list is long. Examples include abdominal pains, chest pains, lacerations, extremity injuries, car accidents, altered mental status, and shortness of breath.
    • How do I know whether a trip to the ER is necessary or if I should wait to see my doctor?
      That is a hard one. Often one cannot say for sure whether an emergent evaluation and treatment is necessary until the patient has been examined. However, in general, if the condition has been present for several days and is not worsening, then it is safe to arrange to see your doctor. If you can reach you physician on the phone, often he or she can help in guiding you in such matters. In general, when in doubt, it is wisest to err on the side of caution and go to the ER.