OHSU cares for acutely and critically ill patients in our Emergency Department. We
provide the latest evidence-based care and have a reputation for effective teamwork.
Emergency nurses understand the importance of their independent scope of
practice and engage in dependent scope of practice decision making with the team.
Emergency nurses also provide patient and family-centered care for the full spectrum of illnesses.
The OHSU Emergency Department provides around-the-clock multidisciplinary services to
clients of all ages across the life span. The department hosts a Level 1 Trauma Center,
Triage (including Fast-track and Rapid Medical Evaluations), Pediatric Emergency Services,
Adult Acute Care, Adult Critical Care, Observation Unit, and Acute Psychiatric Care.
Patients arrive to the ED via ambulance, walk-in, through the transfer center (Trauma &
PANDA), and via Rapid Response Team.
The ED is responsible for assessing patient needs, planning and coordinating interventions
and consultations. Procedures and treatments provided in the ED include but are not
limited to: placing venous access, drawing bloodwork, medication, fluid and blood
administration, radiography, extremity splinting and reduction, laceration repair,
moderate and deep sedation, ultrasonography, intubation, cardioversion, D&C\u2019s, sexual
assault exams, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and imminent deliveries. Patient population
and diagnoses vary from minor to critical care and include: chest and abdominal pain,
extremity injuries and trauma, migraine, overdose, seizure, dehydration, heart failure,
respiratory distress, acute stroke, acute STEMI, acute psychosis/psychological emergencies, infection, and sepsis. Patients may frequently present with alcohol or drug abuse history, and complex medical histories. The ED Team works to determine if the patient requires admission or discharge with resources and referrals.
As the state's only health and research university, OHSU brings together patient care, research, education of the next generation of health care providers and scientists and community service to improve the health and well-being of all Oregonians.The university is a conduit for learning for more than 2,800 students, providing training to interns, residents and fellows in postgraduate medical and research. It is the only place in Oregon that grants doctoral degrees in medicine, dentistry and nursing. OHSU cares for more than 251,000 patients each year from around the region and takes a leadership role in contributing to solutions involving the health of the state and the nation, such as health care access and transparency, ethics and workforce shortage. Beyond providing critical health care services, quality education and cutting-edge research, OHSU also is a key economic and social force in the Northwest. With an annual operating budget of $2.06 billion and more than 14,000 employees, OHSU is Portland?s largest employer. Its size contributes to its ability to provide... many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in Oregon. For more information visit http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/index.cfm