24H Emergency (A&E)

24H emergencies and hospitals  

The 24H emergency service is one of the most convenient in hospitals. Situations that require rapid medical interventions, such as car injury accidents, that can happen at any time, thus the provision of this service is essential. 

24H emergencies objectives  

Thus it is not in vain, this need to intervene with maximum speed and attention to temporarily hospitalised patients represents peculiar characteristics that differentiate some medical centres from others, such as outpatient clinics. For these reasons, patients are always asked to restraint and be responsible, and do not resort to emergency services without reasons that fully justify this alternative, since a bad use of emergencies can cause collapses or service blockages and reduce their effectiveness. 

Therefore, the relevance of 24H emergency services in hospitals is sufficiently clear. As it has been advanced, serious health problems can occur at any time and there is no need to skimp on means of resolution. The 24H emergencies hospital supply, do not lack human and technical resources of other medical centres. In this way, interruptions in the provision of certain medical services that are key to solving health problems that occur suddenly are avoided. 

The 24H emergencies means optimization  

Servicio de urgencias 24 horas

These services, for a matter of optimizing resources, are concentrated in hospitals, which represent a small percentage of medical centres. In hospitals, as a result, there will be specialised medical personnel with the capacity to carry out rapid interventions. 

Logically, a medical centre prepared for the performance of emergencies of 24 hours has to have adapted infrastructures, which must allow a functional development of the tasks related to the provision of the service. For example, allow a smooth circulation of patients and stretchers in the corridors. The facilities (elevators, operating rooms, waiting rooms, etc.) must have sufficient space and functionality to handle extraordinary emergencies, such as those that may arise from pandemics or natural catastrophes. In this aspect, in addition to the usual medical team that is in charge of the emergency service, there must be other professionals who can be located instantly in case their assistance is necessary. The 24H emergency service permanent care, is precisely that. 

Apart from having facilities and equipment in condition, users of emergency services value the closeness, reliability and confidence transmitted by professionals working in these circumstances. Obviously, the peculiar characteristics of the 24H emergency interventions (sometimes, it is possible to have to operate, as it is popularly called, “life or death” situation) require a higher degree on the part of doctors who lead them.

24H emergencies specialties  

On the other hand, there are some services and medical specialties that, logically, have greater quantity and presence at 24H emergencies. We review these: 

– Car accident injuries  

– Gynaecology and obstetrics emergencies (as, assisted birth) 

– Diagnostic radiology and image 

– Healing and plaster rooms 

– Paediatric and adult general medicine units 

– First assistance unit (UPA Unidad de Primeros Auxilios) 

– Treble unit 

– Observation unit 

– Information Office 

– Clinical analysis laboratory 

– Specific specialties: traumatology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, etc. 

In short, a series of arguments that contribute to highlighting the need to have competent 24H emergency services. 

At Hospital La Paloma we have a permanent general medical-surgical emergency service, with our own staff present 24H/Day.