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Emergency Department

The Emergency Department within the University of Michigan Health System is an integral part of our prestigious academic medical center.

Patients within the Emergency Department include those of all ages, presenting a full spectrum of physical and/or mental health conditions. As such, success as an ED Nurse demands the ability to recognize life-threatening conditions, prioritize patient care workloads, and carry out resuscitative care methodically and quickly.

Adult Emergency Department

The Emergency Department at the University of Michigan is a Level One Trauma Center with 89 rooms capable of cardiac monitoring, including 3 resuscitation bays, seeing over 80,000 patients per year. The Emergency Critical Care Center (EC3), is a new area in the Adult Emergency Department offering 15 beds for patients requiring specialized care of the severely ill or critically injured adult emergency patient.

Our Registered Nurses are capable of caring for patients who present with a variety of injuries or ailments, ranging from minor injuries to life-threatening.  Patient priority is determined by using the Emergency Severity Index.  Nursing staff will receive the specialized training necessary to care for patients within specific areas of our department.  These patients include all ages and present a full spectrum of physical and mental conditions.

Areas within the ED include Acute Care, Resuscitation, MEDPATH, EC3 and MECA. The Emergency Department staff rotates through all areas of the Emergency Department.

Clinical documentation is performed via computer access and programming. The nurses are provided with specialized training via the ENA classes of TNCC and ENPC. All staff maintains ACLS certification.

Philosophy of Care:

Being an Emergency Department nurse means understanding that you never know what your next patient will be and being able to accept that challenge. You may have a patient with a condition as simple as a laceration to the finger or something as devastating as a heart attack or severe trauma. Emergency Nurses must be able to recognize life threatening problems, prioritize patient care and carry out resuscitative actions quickly. Emergency Nurses also may be the first nurse in contact with the family whose loved one is injured or critically ill and they will need to provide support and comfort for both the family and the patient while providing accurate information. It is important to have excellent and rapid assessment skills while being confident in your decision-making skills.

Our Nursing Team:

Our Emergency Department staff consists of nurses with experience in both adult and pediatric emergency,and critical care nursing. The nurses and ER Techs provide continuous care to all levels of acuity and across the age continuum. The staff is trained to respond quickly to acute illness and injury. Many of the Emergency Department nurses also hold certification in Emergency Nursing (CEN). Most of the Emergency Department Technicians hold a paramedic license and have pre-hospital experience.

Children’s Emergency Services:

Our Children’s Emergency Services team provides unscheduled urgent care, ranging from common minor pediatric problems to major medical and traumatic emergencies. Each of the nurses in the pediatric emergency department is specially trained in emergency nursing care for children.

We care for approximately 20,000 children a year, and are proud to be both a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and a national center for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research.

Being designated as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center means the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma certifies our ability to provide the best care for the most severely injured children 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Features include:

  • Comprehensive pediatric emergency care and prompt minor care for medical illness and injury.
  • Full emergency department including nurses trained specifically in pediatric emergency care.
  • Access to University of Michigan pediatric specialists
  • treating urgent complications of chronic diseases.
  • A facility that is separate from Adult Emergency Services and designed exclusively for pediatric patients.
  • Prompt availability from specialties such as orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine and radiology.
  • Access to a full range of diagnostic services, with on-site pediatric radiology and the capability to provide conscious sedation for potentially painful procedures.
  • Injuries from trauma are the leading cause of death and disability in children.
  • In an effort to continually improve patient care; our faculty conducts medical research to advance the understanding of pediatric trauma and to develop new, innovative treatments.
  • We also provide a vast array of outreach programs to teach children and their families about safety.