No one wants to be in a position in which they have to go to the emergency room, but each year 135m+ Americans do end up making a visit.  Given this large number, it is probably worth reading up on some tips on how to make it as smooth an experience as possible.  The less anxious the patient and the individual taking them are when going to the ER, the better for everyone.

With this in mind, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) put together “ER 101,” on “What to Expect,” offering easy-to-understand tips for the situation.  In addition, it makes it much easier for physicians like Dr. Josyann Abisaab – an ER doctor at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital – when dealing with their patients.  The better prepared the patient’s escort is, the easier it is for them to receive adequate treatment.

According to the ACEP’s guidelines, it is a good idea to bring an overnight bag for patients who are older and frailer, since they have a greater chance of being admitted to the hospital.  The patient should try to avoid food and drink before being assessed by a physician (unless there are extenuating circumstances such as diabetes).  For children, a lot of ERs have a “Welcome to the Emergency Department,” coloring book facilitating the process.  The ACEP’s guidelines also includes advice on: what to expect when one arrives; what information is useful to take along; where to get medical history forms; important questions to ask before leaving the ER and more.