Emergency & Trauma
When minutes matter, CHI Health St. Francis is here.
Emergency & Trauma
When minutes matter, St. Francis is here. The St. Francis emergency room sees more than 25,000 patients every year. From minor injuries to complex trauma cases, the care team has the skills and expertise to help in any situation.
When you enter the ER, you will be greeted by a triage nurse who is specially trained to assess how quickly you need treatment. In order to understand your medical needs, the triage nurse will take several vital signs such as blood pressure and temperature. The nurse will ask questions about the reason for your visit and assess your pain level. In order to provide the best care, it is important that you answer all questions accurately and completely. If you suspect a stroke or heart attack, tell the nurse immediately.
In the ER, it’s important that the most critical patients are treated first. Patients with life-threatening conditions need immediate attention, so patients with less urgent symptoms may have to wait, regardless of arrival time. In an emergency, every moment is critical. Whether a fall or a car crash, chest pain, or a stroke, it takes a highly trained team to quickly evaluate, stabilize, and treat each patient. At St. Francis, we’re committed to providing highly specialized emergency care quickly and compassionately.
St. Francis is designated a Level III Trauma Center by the State of Nebraska and verified by the American College of Surgeons. Every area of service that contributes to the healing process of our patients must meet rigorous requirements in skill and education to achieve this designation.
While most people associate trauma medicine with ambulances and the ER, trauma care involves a multitude of physicians, nurses, and support staff trained in diagnosing and treating patients who may have a several medical needs and coordinating care when seconds count.
Our trauma program and individual patient care is continually reviewed to ensure the use of the best evidence-based practices for trauma care and to maintain the verified status from the American College of Surgeons. Our health care professionals participate in continuing medical education to learn the most advance diagnosis and treatments and to offer education to first responders and critical access hospital staff to help raise the level of care offered across the region.