The emergency medicine team provides emergency care for TRICARE beneficiaries who require care to prevent the immediate loss of life, limb or eyesight. Civilians experiencing life-threatening emergencies are also treated when the Emergency Medical Service (ambulance) determines CRDAMC is the nearest medical facility. Patients with urgent, but not life-threatening needs are also treated in the emergency department. Patients seeking care and treatment through the emergency department are seen in order of their assigned triage level versus order of arrival.
Emergency medical care is available 24/7.
Triage is performed by an experienced and licensed registered nurse and occurs very soon after arrival. Care is delivered to all patients regardless of culture, beliefs, conscientious convictions, sexual orientation, or disability, privacy will be respected at all times.
Triage is the first step in the assessment of your physical condition. A registered nurse will record your vital signs: temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure. You will be asked questions about your current symptoms and medical history. At the conclusion of the triage process, you will be assigned a level of priority on a scale of 1 to 5 using the Emergency Severity Index (ESI). An ESI level of 1 is the highest priority of treatment in our department, while an ESI level of 5 is considered less urgent.
Patients are treated in order of severity as determined by triage level assigned to the patient, not by the order of arrival to the emergency room.