Emergency Room Test Results
At Baptist Health, Our Diagnostic Procedures Pass the Test
In a medical emergency, time is of the essence – and so is a correct diagnosis. Baptist Health Emergency Departments are fully equipped with state-of-the-art testing procedures to quickly and accurately assess your condition, so you receive the treatment you need to bring a medical crisis under control.
What Types of Medical Tests Can I Expect in the Emergency Room?
Diagnostic tests and lab work are among the most important functions provided by hospital emergency rooms. Emergency Department medical staff can arrange for a wide array of diagnostic tests and lab work. Here are some of the most frequently ordered:
- Complete blood count (CBC). The CBC targets red and white blood cells for evidence of infection and anemia. Additional tests may be required if you’re taking blood-thinning medications.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). Electrocardiograms measure the heart’s electrical activity. EKGs can help physicians diagnose heart health issues – or eliminate them as the potential cause of an emergency condition.
- Chemistry profile. A chemistry profile is a test series that offers a complete workup of health indicators in the bloodstream. Among the factors measured are enzymes, electrolytes, and sugar levels. Physicians use this information to spot heart attacks, diabetic problems, dehydration, and kidney issues.
- Imaging. Imaging technology – including X-rays, CAT scans, MRIs ,and ultrasounds – allow medical staff to see inside your body in a non-invasive manner. This is useful in identifying bone breaks, brain injuries, and pregnancies.
- Urine analysis. Urine tests can assist in the diagnosis of kidney problems, including the presence of stones.
- Arterial blood gas (ABG). The ABG is a blood test that measures gas levels, including oxygen and carbon dioxide, as well as pH (acid-base) content. It can be used to diagnose heart conditions, drug overdoses, and complications from diabetes.
- Blood alcohol test. Tests for blood alcohol levels are sometimes performed by Emergency Department staff.
How Fast Do Test Results Come Back?
When it comes to emergency lab results, efficiency and speed is a priority. The majority of lab tests and X-rays take about an hour to process, analyze, and report. More complex forms of imaging, including CAT scans and ultrasound, can take longer. Speed of some result delivery may also depend upon the patient’s level of emergent need. In addition, our tests are carefully conducted to maintain accuracy.
Be Prepared for a Medical Emergency
In any medical crisis, it’s best to be prepared. Make sure you program all emergency numbers into your cell phone or keep a list by your telephone at home. If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, dial 9-1-1.