Patients who come to the emergency department are evaluated to determine the severity of their current illness and symptoms. The care provider will determine if the patient's current health condition requires hospital admission, or if the patient can be discharged from emergency care with applicable recommendations to seek additional diagnostic or physician evaluation in an outpatient clinic setting.
The Department of Emergency Medicine at each Mayo Clinic site is part of Mayo Clinic's integrated group practice of physicians. Mayo Clinic physicians from other medical and surgical specialties are on call for consultation, if needed, to aid in determining a plan of care for the patient while the patient is in the emergency room.
When a patient is discharged from the emergency department, he or she will be given recommendations for any follow-up care that may be needed. Often, the emergency medicine physician will recommend that the patient see his or her primary care physician or provider in follow-up. Patients should refer to their discharge instructions for this guidance. People with chronic- or long-standing health should understand that a visit to a Mayo Clinic emergency department may not expedite a Mayo Clinic specialty department or division appointment.
In addition to treating more common urgent or emergent medical conditions, the Department of Emergency Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, provides Level 1 Trauma services, caring for patients with extremely severe injuries.
The departments of Emergency Medicine at Arizona, Florida and Minnesota all serve both adult and pediatric patients. Depending upon the pediatric patient's condition and need for medical or surgical subspecialty care in a hospital setting, pediatric patients who are evaluated in the Arizona and Florida emergency departments may be transferred to one of the children's hospitals in that area for treatment. In Minnesota, the full range of pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty hospital care is available within Mayo Eugenia Litta Children's Hospital.