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About Emergency Medicine

Staffed by specialty trained, board-certified physicians with expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide spectrum of acutely injured or ill patients, the department treats nearly 55,000 patients each year at BIDMC. An on-site, integrated radiology suite and round-the-clock laboratory services are available to assist with every emergency need. Staff members are also involved in research, toxicology, public policy, disaster planning, residency training, prehospital care and international emergency medicine.

Advanced Technology

Contained within the facility are the latest technological advances in radiology, including dedicated CT scanning, bedside monitoring and registration, and enhanced communication systems. Everything about the facility has been designed to help clinicians provide the most sophisticated and rapid emergency and trauma care available in as pleasant a setting as possible.

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Lifesaving Initiatives

We offer groundbreaking therapy for treating acute heart attack (primary angioplasty program) and stroke. First offered at BIDMC in 1995, we were the first area hospital to embrace primary angioplasty, which is rapidly becoming the consensus treatment protocol in the cardiology community. Our stroke program uses state-of-the-art MRI diagnosis to most safely select those patients who should undergo thrombolytic therapy, a drug that can open up closed arteries to the brain to reverse the injury and protect the brain. These leading-edge therapies offer patients new hope for promising outcomes, and improved long-term prognoses. Both our primary angioplasty and rapid stroke teams are available around the clock.

A Team Approach

You will find a team of professionals, including board-certified emergency physicians and nurses certified in trauma care, working hand-in-hand to improve your health. Our emergency department depends on the skills, expertise and collaboration of countless physicians, providers, employees and administrators.

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Comfort and Privacy

The entire Emergency Department staff is committed to providing you with the highest quality of care in a private, comfortable setting.

Research and Teaching

As a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, the emergency department is engaged in basic science research. We have the only basic science emergency lab in the city. Our "bench-to-bedside" research philosophy has improved the care and treatments we offer to our patients; and, through our emergency medicine residency program, we support training initiatives to enhance patient care and educate future healthcare providers.