Redwood Area Hospital’s emergency department holds a Level 4 Trauma designation and is staffed 24/7 by physicians trained for emergency care.
All emergency room staff have specialized training to assess trauma, heart attack and stroke symptoms, and administer life-saving treatment. When advanced care is needed, the hospital aims to get patients to specialized facilities within 60 – 90 minutes.
The Emergency Department’s layout features functional, efficient space for staff and medical equipment, and includes four private treatment rooms for patient comfort.
Level 1 Heart Attack Program
As soon as you dial 911 with possible heart attack symptoms, our Level 1 Heart Attack team springs into action 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.
In the Emergency Room, our Heart Attack team will:
- Complete needed tests
- Monitor heart attack symptoms
- Administer medications (pain medication, clot busting drugs)
- Arrange for air transportation to a heart care hospital if advanced care is needed.
Our goal is to have you to a specialty heart care service within 90 minutes of coming to our Emergency Room.
Every 45 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke, and every 3 minutes, someone dies of one. The first hour is the most critical in diagnosis and treatment. Immediate attention at the first signs of a stroke can save lives and prevent permanent damage.
At the Redwood Area Hospital, we’re taking actions that can save lives with our Telestroke program. Through video conferencing technology, Telestroke brings a stroke specialist into the hospital’s emergency department 24 hours a day.
Time Loss = Brain Loss
Recognize stroke symptoms. Access emergency care immediately as soon as you notice:
- A changed smile
- An inability to raise both arms
- Changed speech pattern
When you dial 911 with possible stroke symptoms, our stroke team prepares for your arrival. Our stroke team will:
- Connect electronically with a stroke neurologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. using our latest video-conferencing equipment
- Complete needed tests
- Complete a head CAT scan
- Evaluate stroke symptoms with the stroke neurologist
- Administer clot busting medications – if appropriate
- Arrange for air transportation to a stroke care hospital if advanced care is needed.
Our goal is to begin treatment in the Emergency Room within 90 minutes of symptom onset.