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Emergency Room – Follow-up

January 30, 2021


For other, or more minor conditions seen in the ER, there will frequently be a need to follow up with another doctor for continuing care. Many times the ER visit is just the first step in a multi-step process to evaluate a certain condition. This is commonly the case with many causes of pain, for example, such as abdominal pain, chest pain or headaches. We may not find the definitive cause during that one ER visit, but even so, many serious conditions can be ruled out, and the primary care provider or specialist will follow up to continue evaluating to determine the cause. Finally, there are many conditions that may require multiple visits with a doctor, or even multiple ER visits. For certain cases of abdominal pain, for example, it might be recommended by the ER physician for the patient to be seen the next day for a recheck. That is a common practice, and that second visit could be in the ER or at a doctor’s office. Fortunately, most people get to go home after their ER visit. When patients go home after their visit, there are usually aftercare instructions. These are very, very important. There’s often a referral to see another doctor, either a primary care doctor or specialist. This follow-up is also very important.

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