Emergency Room visits often interrupt your busy schedule and can be associated with fear and stress of an unknown diagnosis or treatment plan. Many hospitals are now offering the ability to check-in to the ER online before coming in for your visit by visiting a website and selecting the time you’d like to be seen. Although it may seem counterintuitive to schedule a visit to the ER, there are benefits of using this feature in certain situations.
Take Control of When You Will Be Seen
Online Emergency Room check-in allows you to take control of your ER visit by scheduling it around your timing. In just a few clicks on your phone, computer or tablet, you will know when to come in and can wait in the comfort of your home instead of waiting in the ER waiting room. Scheduling your visit can also reduce the overall anxiety of the ER stay.
When to Utilize
The feature is ideal if you need to be seen for less severe problems like an ankle sprain, minor stitches or if your child has a high fever. It can also be used when you simply can't get in to see your regular doctor such as on the weekends or late at night since the ER is available 24/7.
When Not to Utilize
Sometimes, emergencies are just that, an emergency with no time to schedule. If you experience a life-threatening illness like a heart attack, do not hesitate to call 911 or visit the ER immediately and get the help you need. On the other hand, if you have a medical condition that isn’t as time sensitive such as the flu or a minor rash, you should visit your regular doctor during their office hours. Call your doctor if you’re unsure of the best course of action.
ER check-in technology is here. Why not use it?
Ochsner now offers online ER check-in at Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge and Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore. Click below for links to schedule your next ER visit in those areas.