University of Virginia Emergency Department
UVA ED featured on USA Today, September, 2009: Click here for article.
The Emergency Department is a 41 bed Level I Trauma Center, a Joint Commission accredited Stroke Center and a tertiary referral center for Central Virginia, Southwest Virginia, and West Virginia. The Emergency Department is the first point of contact for many patients and the department cares for more than 61,000 patients annually. More than 15,000 of those patients are admitted to the medical center.
The responsibility of the ED is to:
- Evaluate patients' emergent health needs.
- Stabilize life-threatening conditions.
- Provide services that are immediately indicated.
- Provide definitive care for those patients not requiring greater, in-depth expertise or follow-up.
The ED is comprised of four different service divisions and is located on the first floor East Side of University Hospital.
- Adult ED is a 23-bed area providing treatment and care for a variety of medical and surgical diagnoses.
- The Pediatric ED is a 7-bed specialty area where patients 20 years of age or younger are evaluated.
- The Chest Pain Center is a Society of Chest Pain Centers accredited 5-bed unit that functions primarily as an initial evaluation area for adult patients presenting with symptoms consistent with cardiac ischemia and shortness of breath.
- The Express Care area is a 6-bed unit that functions as a minor care area and is staffed by Nurse Practitioners and Resident Physicians and supervised by Attending Physicians.