St. Luke’s Wood River
Emergency Department

EmergencyIn a life-threatening situation, call 911 without delay.

The Emergency Department at
St. Luke’s Wood River is staffed 24/7 by five board-certified emergency medicine physicians and 12 emergency nurses certified in trauma, emergency pediatrics, and/or advanced cardiac life support. Three nurses are specially trained in forensic evidence collection for sexual assault.

Every year we care for approximately 9,000 patients, about 40 percent of whom are children. The ED features 10 beds—including two trauma rooms—and the latest in emergency services technology and equipment. We specialize in orthopedic injuries and have skilled, experienced orthopedists on call seven days a week. Our Medical Imaging department is adjacent to the ED for easy access to CT scans and MRI. We also perform portable imaging studies, such as x-ray, often in patient rooms.

In our Outpatient Infusion Center, certified nurses care for patients who receive infusions that include chemotherapy for cancer, daily antibiotics, and treatments for multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. The ED staff works closely with St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute in providing infusions for cancer patients. We also work closely with St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center, where we send our cardiac patients, and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, where we send our trauma patients, after they have been stabilized.

When to Seek Emergency Care

Call 911 immediately or go directly to the nearest emergency department for conditions that could be life-threatening, such as:

  • Chest pain or chest pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Acute neurologic symptoms such as weakness or confusion
  • Major injury or trauma
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe pain
  • Newborns with a fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • High fever
  • Kidney or urinary problems
  • Obstetrical and gynecologic concerns
  • Seizures
  • Prolonged or severe vomiting and diarrhea
  • Unusual headaches

For help determining if emergency care is necessary, talk with your doctor. In a life-threatening situation, call 911 without delay.

Partners in Emergency Care
St. Luke’s works in close partnership with the Wood River Sawtooth Region EMS Association to continually improve the quality of and access to emergency services for people in Blaine, Camas, and Custer counties. Employees from St. Luke’s and regional EMS groups share required continuing education, recertification, and training, such as Advanced and Basic Cardiac Life Support classes.

St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation is a strong supporter of the training and education for ED staff and area first responders. The Foundation has provided funding for sexual assault and pediatric emergency education for ED nurses, and helped purchase patient simulators for training and practice for nurses, physicians, and emergency personnel throughout the region.

For more information about the Emergency Department at St. Luke’s Wood River, contact Karen Soracco, RN, BSN, Emergency Department manager, at soraccok@slhs.org.

 

 


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