Newton Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) provides patients with a high level of care when they need it the most. The ED treats more than 40,000 patients a year – that’s more than 100 patients a day.
The Emergency Department is designed to handle almost every type of emergent and critical care situation. Newton Medical Center’s Emergency Department is equipped with 17 acute beds, including 4 cardiac beds and 5 trauma beds. The ED treats patients dealing with serious injuries, life-threatening illnesses, and multiple system organ failures.
Minor Care Area (MCA)
The minor care area’s mission is to treat people seeking emergency care at the ED for relatively minor conditions. The MCA is equipped with 7 bay areas. The MCA operates from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., 7 days a week and is staffed primarily by nurse practitioners and physician assistants. MCA sees patients rapidly by assessing their conditions, treating, and where necessary referring to appropriate outpatient services.
All patients who present to the ED for care are first evaluated in the Triage area. This evaluation helps us determine the severity of your injury or condition. We utilize a 5 point system when triaging our patients. The 5 point system includes Emergent, Urgent, and Non-urgent categories. Patients’ acuity is based on this scale. Once you have received an acuity level, you are then assigned to the appropriate treatment area. During the Triage process, if your symptoms warrant, a standing protocol (which may include laboratory and/or radiology orders) may be initiated to begin your care to decrease your length of stay while in the ED. The Triage area helps us ensure patients spend as little time as possible in the Emergency Department.
The department’s dedicated physicians are board certified and have been trained at the best programs in the country including (cities of universities and residencies of ED MDs). The department has an exceptional staff of nurses, technicians, unit secretaries, and patient representatives. Our nurses are trained in BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support). Many others have other certifications such as TNCC (Trauma Nurse Care Courses) and NALS (Neonatal Advanced Life Support).
The Emergency Department personnel works closely with all service areas of the hospital, including the laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapists, pharmacy, in patient units, and other ancillary departments to provide top quality emergency care. In addition, Newton Medical Center’s ED works closely with Newton Emergency Response Units, Police Departments, and Fire Departments to ensure protocols and standards are met.