Emergency Department

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The UofL Hospital Emergency Department (ED) sees more than 60,000 patients per year. The ED is comprised of a rapid assessment triage area, 31 treatment rooms, four trauma bays, and a triage area for Emergency Medical Services. We offer many levels of care for our community which include, but are not limited to, Stroke, Trauma, Burn, High Risk Obstetrics, and Emergency Psychiatric Services. We also are the only facility that houses a decontamination area for chemical and biological decontamination.

Our medical team in the main Emergency Department consists of attending faculty physicians, resident physicians, and advanced practice registered nurses. As UofL Hospital is an academic medical center, care is also provided by interns and medical students, under the supervision of the faculty attending physicians. Registered Nurses provide exceptional nursing care under the guidelines of the Emergency Nurses Association. Many of the nursing staff are certified in trauma and emergency care.

Housed within the Emergency Department is First Care, an area for treating minor illnesses and injuries. First Care is not an Urgent Care Center, it is part of the Emergency Department. This area is staffed with by Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and is open 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. The goal is for our patients to have a medical screening exam within 30 minutes of arrival to the hospital. In this area, patients are seen, treated, and released within 120 minutes.

For questions, call our nurses station at 502-562-3015