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Emergency Medicine
Surgery & Outpatient Procedures
Anesthesia Services & Pain Management
Labratory
Radiology

Emergency Medicine

At the medical center we understand that healthcare emergencies don't just happen between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. Which is why we provide medical coverage 24 hours a day/ 7 days per week/ 365 days per year. Our physicians and physician assistants are in-house any time day or night.

Emergency Medicine Overview:
At the medical center we understand that healthcare emergencies don't just happen between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. Which is why we provide medical coverage 24 hours a day/ 7 days per week/ 365 days per year. Our physicians and physician assistants are in-house any time day or night.

When seconds count, be assured that our emergency room staff are considered to be some of the finest in the area with specialized training in trauma and pediatrics. We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities such as CT-scan, MRI, and Ultrasound in addition to having "stat" laboratory services. Although emergency medicine is considered a high pressure, constantly changing environment, our staff is committed to provide the highest quality of emergency care possible while still delivering that special touch.

What to Expect During Your Visit:
The emergency department treats patients according to the urgency of their condition, so those with more serious conditions are treated first. Hospital staff refers to this process as "triage".

During the triage process, a nurse or paramedic will assess each patient's symptoms to determine the urgency of the condition and provide first aid as needed. After first aid is provided, a patient's condition may be less urgent, which could result in that patient being reclassified in a less serious category. If a patient's condition worsens while waiting, that patient may be placed in a more serious category.

Triage Defined:
Triage is an ongoing screening process that classifies patients into four categories of urgency based on their symptoms: critical, acute, urgent and non-urgent. These categories are based on how quickly patients need to be seen by an emergency physician and determine which patients are placed in treatment rooms first.

Critical patients require immediate attention. These patients have extremely serious injuries or illnesses that may be life-threatening if they are not treated immediately. The medical staff will see critical patients immediately. Examples of critical conditions include cardiac arrest, heart attack and respiratory distress.

Acute patients require very urgent treatment. The condition of a patient with these types of serious illnesses or injuries may deteriorate, or the patient may suffer long-term problems if not treated as quickly as possible. The medical staff will see acute patients after all critical patients. Examples of acute conditions include altered mental status, severe fractures and shortness of breath.

Urgent patients have medical conditions that are not immediately life-threatening, and the condition will not deteriorate if the patient must wait for treatment. Urgent patients are treated after all critical and acute patients. Examples of urgent conditions include abdominal pain, cuts needing stitches and most ankle and arm fractures.

Non-urgent patients could reasonably wait for treatment at a minor medical facility or a physician's office. Non-urgent patients are treated after all critical, acute and urgent patients. During busy times, non-urgent patients may stay in the emergency room between three to five hours. Examples of non-urgent conditions include second opinions, generalized aches and pains, fever that responds to over-the-counter medicine, dental pain or an earache, cough or sore throat.

What you can do:

It's the ED team's priority to take care of your illness or injury first and get you stabilized. But there are some things you can do to help the ED staff take care of you as quickly as possible.

Please be patient and respectful to others with more urgent conditions and the emergency department staff.

Be aware of your insurance plan and coverage. This can be helpful to family members and loved ones as they work to get you registered while you're being treated. If follow-up treatment with a specialist is required, the emergency physician will provide the on-call physician's name and phone number. It is each patient's responsibility to determine if the specialist is covered by his or her insurance plan and to make other arrangements if necessary.

Bring a list...

 ...of your medical history, current medications and allergies. You should also bring a copy of any living wills or health care proxies, if possible. Our staff can provide information about these documents.

If there are any concerns regarding care, please ask to speak with the charge nurse or house supervisor on duty.

Surgery & Outpatient Procedures

The medical center's surgical department strives to combine the latest technology with personalized care for our patients. Working together with our physician partners, they offer a wide variety of services.

What to Expect
Advances in medicine are continuously shortening the recovery time for patients. Non-invasive procedures and state-of-the-art equipment have reduced the lengths of visits to the hospital to hours instead of days for some procedures. To help us provide you with an exceptional experience we ask that you follow a few simple guidelines:

Pre-Surgery Consultation / Testing
For most procedures you will be contacted three to five days in advance by the outpatient surgery nurse. At that time you will be able to schedule an appointment for a "pre-op assessment". Your assessment will include a review of your medical history and medications, introduction to the staff that will be assisting on the day of your procedure to discuss what to expect, and an interview with the nurse anesthetist to discuss the type of anesthesia to be used. In addition any lab testing or radiology exams ordered by your physician will be conducted at this time.

Before Arriving at the Hospital
It is very important that you refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before your surgery, EXCEPT for your breathing pill, heart pill, blood pressure medicine, ulcer medication. Continue to take these medications as prescribed, but with only a sip of water. If you are diabetic, do NOT take your morning insulin. Instead, bring it with you to the hospital.

We ask that you do not bring any unnecessary items with you to the hospital. This includes any jewelry, watches, or necklaces. In addition you will need to arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home after discharge.

Upon Arrival at the Hospital
Plan to arrive at the hospital at the time provided to you through our Central Scheduling department. As with any procedure, we ask that you meet first with our admissions staff to register. There are a few forms that you will need to read and complete, and we will need your insurance cards and identification.

Before Surgery
Our admissions staff will arrange for you to be escorted to the designated pre-procedure area. There you will be asked to change into a surgical gown. Any personal belongings will be left with your friend or family member.

One of our outpatient surgery nurses will check your pulse, blood pressure, and if needed begin an IV. At your scheduled surgery time, the nurse will escort you to the operating room. Your guest may wait in the surgery waiting area. They will be notified when you are in recovery following your surgery.

During Surgery
Once you arrive in the operating room, the nurse will discuss with you what to expect during the procedure. Your blood pressure, pulse, breathing, temperature, and dressing will be checked frequently during surgery

After Surgery
Once your surgery has been successfully completed, you will be escorted to one of the medical center's private outpatient rooms. There you will be cared for until you are released by your physician. During that time you will be given pain and/or nausea medications if needed. You will also be given something to eat and drink, and asked to use the restroom prior to discharge.

Your nurse will provide you with a discharge packet and written instructions for continuing your care at home. You will be instructed on precautions to take over the next few days at home. These include diet, medications, activity, and when to call your physician.

Please be sure to keep your follow-up appointment made for you by your surgeon's office.

Physician Partners Services


Advances in GERD/Acid Reflux
Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication Surgery

The LINX® Reflux Management System is a laparoscopic, fundic-sparing anti-reflux procedure indicated for patients diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

C-Section Obstetric Surgery

Dental Surgery

Epidural Steroid Injections Spinals for pain control

Endoscope Screenings
Broncoscopy

Colonoscopy
Gastroscope
(With Cellvizio™ available)

Eye Surgery
Short recovery cataract surgery

General Surgery
Hernia repair/abdominal surgeries
Mastectomy

Port placement for long term treatment
Vascular

Laparoscopic Surgery
Lap Appendectomy
Lap Bowel Resection
Lap Cholecystectomy

Lap Hernia
Lap Assisted Hysterectomy

Obstetrical/Gynecological Surgery
Amniocentesis
Cervical cerclage
Endometrial ablation

ESSURE sterilization
Fertility procedures
IMPLANON contraceptive implants
Urinary incontinence surgery
Urogynecological surgery

Orthopedic
Arthroscopic knee/shoulder
Fractures of any kind
Minimal invasive carpal tunnel/cyst removal
Replacement of knee/shoulder/hip

Anesthesia Services

An important piece of your surgical visit is appropriate pain management and surgical anesthesia. The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists at South Central Kansas Medical Center are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offer these services to our patients.

Depending on the procedure, patients have a choice of different types of anesthesia ranging from simple sedation to general anesthesia for major procedures. For our obstetric patients epidural anesthesia is available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other types of anesthesia are also available for those not desiring an epidural. The choice is always tailored to fit your needs and the CRNAs will be with you the entire time.

In addition to surgical anesthesia, the CRNAs, in cooperation with the physicians, offer an interventional pain management clinic. For people with acute and chronic back, spine and neck problems, we offer a host of injection related therapies aimed at reducing your discomfort and allowing you to return more successfully to your normal activities of daily life.

Anesthesia Services & Pain Management

An important piece of your surgical visit is appropriate pain management and surgical anesthesia. The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists at South Central Kansas Medical Center are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offer these services to our patients.

Anesthesia Services
Depending on the procedure, patients have a choice of different types of anesthesia ranging from simple sedation to general anesthesia for major procedures. For our obstetric patients epidural anesthesia is available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other types of anesthesia are also available for those not desiring an epidural. The choice is always tailored to fit your needs and the CRNAs will be with you the entire time.

Pain Management through Injection Therapy
In addition to surgical anesthesia, the CRNAs, in cooperation with the physicians, offer an interventional pain management clinic. For people with acute and chronic back, spine and neck problems, we offer a host of injection related therapies aimed at reducing your discomfort and allowing you to return more successfully to your normal activities of daily life.

Available Therapies


  • Translaminar cervical, thoracic and lumbar epidural steroid injections
  • Transforaminal thoracic and lumbar epidural steroid injections
  • SI joint injections
  • Thoracic and Lumbar facet joint injections
  • Diagnostic medial branch blocks
  • Trigger point injections
  • Limited joint injections
  • Intercostal nerve blocks for PHN and post-surgical
South Central Kansas Medical Center CRNA's provide several hundred injections each year for our patients acute and chronic pain conditions. All injections are performed using C-arm fluoroscopic guidance while observing the strictest standards for radiation and fluoroscopic safety.

Labratory

Laboratory tests are very important tools for your physician. We provide quality analysis of specimens in a timely manner to aid your physician in the maintenance of well-being and in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease.

How do I go about getting Lab testing done?
We are required to have a physician's order when you arrive in the Laboratory. The doctor may give you the order personally or he/she may fax it to us. When you arrive at the Medical Center, it is necessary for you to register at "Admissions" before going to the Laboratory.

Explanation of testing:
About 95% of tests collected at our lab are performed in-house and most results are typically available in 24 hours. Microbiology testing (cultures) take longer to complete as organisms have to be grown on culture media before identification and antibiotic testing can take place. The remaining 5% are referred to a specialty laboratory for analysis. These tests often involve complex methodologies and may take up to 3-7 days to complete. Some tests have special requirements. Examples of this would be fasting specimens, therapeutic drug levels may need drawn at specific times, etc. If you have questions regarding preparation or timing of your tests, please feel free to call us at 620-441-5740.

Test Results:
When tests are completed, they are sent to the "ordering physician". Copies of these reports can be sent to additional providers involved in your care as requested by you or your doctor. Please share this information with the Laboratory Staff prior to your specimen being collected.

We would be happy to provide you a copy of your test results. Simply, fill out a "Consent for Release of Confidential Health Information" available in the Laboratory or Health Information Services. You may pick up your test results or they can be mailed to you. To protect the privacy of our patients, we do not give results out over the phone and we are not able to send results via e-mail or general fax.

What do the results mean?
If you have questions about the interpretation of your test results, please understand that our laboratory staff is not permitted to interpret any lab results. We regret any delay that this may cause you, but we believe it is important for your physician to discuss any interpretation of your test results with you.

Contact Us


We ask that you fill out a Patient Satisfaction Survey and share your thoughts with us regarding your experience or you may contact Lois Faber, Laboratory Team leader at loisf@sckrmc.org or call 620-441-5740.

Radiology

The medical center's imaging department is able to offer a wide variety of services to assist your physician in diagnosing your condition.

We strive to continually upgrade our equipment and procedures so that we may offer you advanced and accurate diagnostic services.
  • High Field 1.0 Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - superior image quality combined with a completely open, stress-free experience.
  • Computerized Tomography (CT scan)
  • Computerized Tomography Angiograms (CTA)
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Diagnostic Radiology (X-Ray)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound
  • DEXA - Bone Density
  • Digital Mammography
Where do my results come from?
Once images are obtained, a board certified Radiologist will interpret the images. A formal report is then generated and automatically sent to your physician's office. Copies of reports are also sent to any additional physicians involved in your care as requested by you or your doctor.

What if I have questions about my test results?
If you have questions about the interpretation of your images, please understand that our imag­ing staff are not permitted to, nor qualified to, interpret any imaging results. Therefore, it is best for you to contact your ordering provider for an explanation on how these results may be used to care for you.

How do I request a copy of my results?


We would be happy to provide you a copy of your images. 

Please call 620-441-5750 or come by and fill out a release of information for the images and we can provide them on a disc at your request. 

However, please provide 24 Hours Notice on ALL image requests. 

If you would like a copy of your report only, please call our Medical Records Department at:

620-441-5995.
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