Department of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Service Home
UPMC Altoona is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality and most efficient emergency care. Our Emergency Department is staffed with highly trained, multi-skilled individuals. All of the UPMC Altoona Emergency Department staff physicians, who provide emergency and trauma care, are board certified and residency trained. The nursing staff is well trained and has gone through education in both adult and pediatric care from medical to trauma emergencies. The ancillary support staff have a variety of educational backgrounds to provide a well-balanced team to care for our patients. All staff members maintain their skills though continuing education and are up to date on current and effective medical care.
The treatment areas within the Emergency Department are equipped with state-of-the-art patient monitoring devices and have access to all aspects of care within the hospital. Treatment areas include an isolation room, an OB/GYN room, two trauma rooms with four-bed capability, express care rooms and many acute treatment areas.
To expedite the care to the patient and minimize the wait, the Emergency Department is now completely paperless. This computerized charting system allows for more communication and faster registration information. In addition, this bedside technology speeds the delivery of healing care and provides our board certified emergency medicine physicians with instant access to a patient's medical records. Our triage nurse is positioned for a direct view of the waiting area.
The Emergency Department also houses the Regional Referral number. This number is used by referring facilities to transfer patients from one facility to another. The Regional Referral number assists in the ease of the transfer of patients by allowing the emergency medicine physician to accept the patient.
The Emergency Department staff prides themselves on the rapid, high quality of care for patients with mild to critical injuries. UPMC Altoona strives for rapid turnaround times for illness and injuries while offering support for patients and their families.