Emergency Department

Ocean Beach Hospital’s emergency medical team is prepared to respond to all types of medical emergencies.  Our emergency care center is fully equipped and physician-staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  Our physicians and nurses receive special training and are certified in Advanced Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and emergency resuscitation.

We have eight private treatment rooms, two of which are dedicated to trauma resuscitation.  Ocean Beach Hospital is a Level IV trauma center, which means we provide initial evaluation and stabilization of patients who suffer a trauma, such as an injury in an automobile accident.  We  also treat patients for heart attack and stroke, and are part of the new Washington State Emergency Cardiac and Stroke System. 

When a patient suffers a severe injury, our trauma team stabilizes their condition and immediately arranges transport to a regional trauma center, such as OHSU in Portland, or SW Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, WA.  When this is necessary, we deploy state-of-the-art Life Flight Helicopter Service to transfer patients.  It takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes for a patient leaving our hospital to arrive at one of these facilities via Life Flight.

WHAT TO EXPECT AND WAIT TIMES

Medical emergencies are seldom predictable.  From minor injuries to major traumas, our emergency care team treats more than 7,000 patients each year.  Most of the emergency care we provide is for acute pain or illness.

When evaluating a patient, a doctor will sometimes order tests, such as blood work or x-rays.  This can result in longer wait times than when visiting a doctor’s office.  Medical staff may also request that a patient stay longer in order to observe if additional treatment is needed.  Other variables that affect wait times include the number of patients receiving treatment and the severity of their illness.  Patients are not always treated in the order they arrive.  In all instances, patients with the most critical symptoms are cared for first.