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Equipped with leading edge technology, the Emergency department at Baptist Health Paducah is poised to respond to the emergency medical needs of the region. Listed as one of the busiest emergency departments in the state, Baptist Health Paducah treats about 43,000 medical emergencies a year. See what to expect during an Emergency department visit.
Registered nurses and board-certified emergency medical physicians staff the Emergency department, including a seven-bed chest pain center, a decontamination room for safe treatment of chemical and radiation exposures and a five-bed fast track area for minor emergencies.
In early 2009, Baptist Health Paducah added hospitalists to its medical staff to coordinate care for patients arriving at the hospital without their own admitting physician.
Patients who enter the Emergency department immediately see a triage nurse. This allows our staff to determine what level of care is needed for the illness or injury. Triage nurses are specially trained to separate minor needs from major emergencies.
Special staff training includes cardiac life support, trauma, burns, chemical and radiation exposure, pediatric emergencies.
Baptist Health Paducah's Infection Control Department is responsible for preventing and controlling the spread of nosocomial infections in Emergency department patients.
Special services available through Baptist Health Paducah's Emergency department include:
- Chest Pain Center, for the treatment of heart attack symptoms. It is the region's only nationally-accredited chest pain center (with PCI).
- Stroke treatment, a comprehensive treatment plan for early symptoms of "brain attacks" or strokes. It is the state's only nationally-certified primary stroke center west of Bowling Green.
- Prime Care Center, offering walk-in care for minor medical problems.
Baptist Health Paducah is also co-owner of Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Service, an ambulance service which operates in Paducah and McCracken County.
Several air services, including PHI Medical, serve Baptist Health Paducah 24/7 with a registered nurse and paramedic on board. A rooftop heliport is located on the Baptist Heart Center roof with quick access to the Emergency department.
For more information about Baptist Health Paducah's emergency medical services, phone (270) 575-2180.