UH Parma Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) focuses on excellent, personalized care for acute and sub-acute cases. All physicians in our ED are board-certified in emergency medicine, and use programs like Doc at the Door and Code STEMI to expedite emergency care.
The ED was renovated and expanded in 2004, more than doubling its size, as the number of cities under UH Parma Medical Center's medical control grew. The unit was recently renovated to remove the registration area, improving convenience for patients who are registered at the bedside.
Doc at the Door
From 1-10 p.m. everyday, patients are generally assessed within 30 minutes of arrival by a physician-led team that includes a nurse, paramedic and technician. Quick triage allows the team to provide a preliminary diagnosis and order testing before the patient is even escorted to a treatment room.
At UH Parma Medical Center we know that time is critical when someone is experiencing a heart attack. Heart attack patients are rushed immediately to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab through technological advances that allow the ED physician to view an EKG prior to the patient’s arrival in an ambulance. For any patient with an ST-elevated myocardial infarction (heart attack), the ED physician calls a Code STEMI, which triggers a team response to expedite care. Our Code STEMI system has resulted in a dramatic improvement in door-to-balloon times. An average of 96 percent of patients that arrive here experiencing an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have a door-to-balloon time of 90 minutes or less.
Certified Stroke Center
UH Parma Medical Center's stroke program has received the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission that accredits hospitals nationwide. When a stroke patient arrives in the ED, the Stroke Team is activated to respond and expedite lab and imaging results. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association also has recognized the hospital's quality stroke program.
A sub-acute unit is available from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. everyday for expedited care of patients with non-emergent complaints such as sore throats, sinus infections and minor injuries.
Clinical Decision Unit
The ED contains a specialized unit for patients who need additional testing and treatment but not admission to the hospital. The CDU is a 23-hour observation unit for patients whose chief complaints are conditions such as chest pain, asthma, dehydration and allergic reactions.