& Queen Anne's Hospital
December 18, 2001
Into New Emergency Department
The Emergency Department now includes a four-bed treatment area for minor injuries, a two-bed cardiac room and a two-bed minor surgical room for suturing. There is also an orthopedic/cast room, a security room for patients with behavioral health or psychiatric emergencies and a gynecological exam room. The department has more than doubled the number of treatment spaces for patients.
The unit also includes a triage area, a registration area, a physician's on-call room, an office for emergency medical services personnel, a nurses' station and a manager's office.
A new feature in the Emergency Department is a decontamination shower for patients who have been exposed to hazardous materials.
Patients, visitors and ambulances will continue to use the temporary emergency entrance until the lobby and registration areas are renovated.
The Emergency Department renovations were part of a $7 million construction project that includes expansion of several outpatient departments, including the outpatient clinic, surgical services and radiology. It also includes the addition of two new services: diagnostic cardiac catheterization and on-site magnetic resonance imaging.
Utilization of the Emergency Department has increased steadily in recent years; last year more than 10,200 patients were treated.