Emergency Department

If you need emergency assistance, please dial 911.

We hope that you’ll never need emergency medical care, but if you do, Schuyler Hospital’s emergency staff is here for you … 24 hours a day, every day.

With shorter wait times, and exceptional emergency care.

Our Emergency Department is staffed with providers, nurses and technicians who have extensive urgent care, emergency room, or intensive care experience. Using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures for diagnosis and treatment, our staff works to provide quality, efficient care for your health and satisfaction.

We follow the most up-to-date best practices for all emergencies. While we are able to manage many emergencies at Schuyler Hospital, we can also stabilize and transfer critically ill patients to the most appropriate care setting. We have transfer relationships with Cayuga Medical Center, as well as a number of other hospitals that specialize in the specific care you or your family member might require.  Transfers may be managed via ambulance or medical helicopter, depending on the severity of illness or injury.

Our experienced staff of physicians, registered nurses, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners take care of adult and pediatric emergency patients. We work closely with local ambulance crews to ensure the finest pre-hospital care possible. And working collaboratively with the Schuyler County Office of Emergency Response, we play a key role in our community’s emergency medical preparedness and response to bioterrorism and homeland security issues.

Our Emergency Department (ED) treats more than 9,400 patients annually.

Self Check-in

When you arrive at the Emergency Department, you will begin your visit with a self-check-in process, involving completion of a brief form.  After returning this form to the registration desk, the staff will complete the pre-registration process in the system, and will alert the Emergency Department staff of your need to be seen.

Bedside Triage

Once a bed is available, a nurse will take you directly into a patient treatment room, where the nurse will begin your care by completing a triage assessment. After triaging, the nurse will promptly notify the healthcare provider.  Once you have been seen by the provider, the unit clerk will complete your registration process. It is important to provide your most current address and phone numbers, as well as the name of a contact person.

In an emergency, Schuyler Hospital is committed to providing you and your family with safe, efficient and timely healthcare.

Sometimes while you are waiting, a patient with more urgent care needs arrives via ambulance.  If you feel you have been waiting too long, or if you start to feel worse, please let our Registration staff know.

When to go to Convenient Care

Our care team treats patients for problems that are acute and urgent but not life threatening:

  • Virus and flu
  • Vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal illness
  • Mild to moderate dehydration
  • Ear, throat and respiratory infections
  • Sprains, strains and simple fractures
  • Minor burns, cuts, puncture wounds and animal bites
  • Minor eye injuries
  • Rashes and allergic reactions
  • Mild to moderate asthma

When to go to the Emergency Department

If you are having a medical emergency dial 911 immediately! If you think you may be having a heart attack or stroke dial 911 immediately. In these instances time is very important to your health outcome. The sooner you receive medical intervention the better off you are.

  • Chest pain, nausea, and shortness of breath
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Motor vehicle accidents with spine injury
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Loss of consciousness or inability to talk
  • Limb numbness, tingling, or clumsiness
  • Bleeding/cramping in pregnancy
  • Head or neck injury
  • Seizures
  • Moderate to severe shortness of breath
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Overdoses
  • Child abuse
  • Assault, including sexual assault
  • Infants less than 6 weeks of age
  • High fever especially in children 8 weeks of age

SANE program for sexual assault victims

Victims of sexual assault and abuse have many faces. They are college students, girls, boys, teens, women, men, and the elderly. They are targets of sexual assault regardless of their sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, and income level. They suffer assault and abuse on dates, on the streets, at work, and in their homes. More often than not, they are assaulted by someone they know and trust.

People can have many feelings after sexual assault, sexual abuse, or rape. They feel confused, scared, angry, helpless, sad, and ashamed. Each person is different and responds individually to her or his experience. The impact of sexual assault and abuse can include sleep disturbances and difficulty concentrating, and can disrupt relationships at school, work, and in the family. Some victims suffer mental health problems, abuse drugs and alcohol, and experience sexual dysfunction as a result. The SANE program can help you cope with whatever you are feeling.

What is the SANE Program?

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program employs a team approach to assist survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape with medical, emotional, and legal needs. With the survivor’s consent, a team of nurses, sexual assault counselors/advocates, doctors, and law enforcement work together to support the survivor.

Through the SANE Program, youth and adult survivors of rape, sexual assault or abuse can be examined by specially trained nurses in the Schuyler Hospital Emergency Department. Nurse examiners provide skilled, sensitive medical care and the timely collections of forensic evidence. If the survivor chooses, law enforcement agencies can use this evidence in the arrest and prosecution of the offender. Care can best be provided as soon as possible after an assault. However, it is never too late to seek care and support after a sexual assault.

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