Patients with autism react and communicate differently, requiring a special approach to creating a safe and supportive environment – especially in emergency situations. Recognizing the opportunity to develop a comprehensive approach for this need, HealthAlliance Emergency Department leadership initiated a special training program for medical providers, nursing staff and key hospital personnel, such as security.
Besides training, the program incorporates sensory boxes which allow an patient with Autism Spectrum Disorder to select an object, such as a squeeze ball or pinwheel, to aid in relaxation and in dealing with stress. The Emergency Department also acquired two iPads that feature autism-specific apps that help staff communicate with patients with autism and verbally impaired patients. The devices help medical providers learn the reason why the patient has arrived for care; the patient’s pain and discomfort level; and his or her communication preferences.
The Best Hands and Biggest Hearts
When you have a medical emergency, you want immediate professional care with state-of-the-art technology and resources. While emergency medicine requires quick and effective expert care, our outstanding and compassionate medical team will take the time to make sure that your health needs are being met.
The Broadway Campus’ new Emergency Department offers 35 private and semi-private rooms, staffed by doctors who are board-certified in Emergency Medicine. Many of our exceptionally trained emergency care nurses and other emergency health care professionals have achieved the highest level of certification in emergency care. Physicians in most clinical specialties are available for consultation 24 hours a day.
Every minute counts in the race to save brain function. Our Emergency Department meets strict national standards and guidelines for stroke care.You and your loved ones can depend on our multi-disciplinary team 24 hours a day, for rapid and exceptional diagnosis and treatment. Our staff and physicians are specially trained in the care and treatment of stroke patients and are skilled in administering r-tPA, the clot busting medication that can improve patient outcomes by stopping the stroke process.
Advanced Non-invasive Imaging Technology
Our enhanced imaging technology includes a new, 64-slice CT scanner for a higher degree of non-invasive visualization of heart and vascular disease and other body images. Advanced CT, X-ray and ultrasound technology also provides your emergency care team with faster, more precise detection — for rapid diagnosis and effective treatment of your medical emergency.
Fast Track Service for Minor Emergencies
Patients can also come to the Emergency Room for illnesses and injuries that are not critical in nature. Many ailments and minor injuries can be diagnosed and treated through our Fast Track program including:
- Minor orthopedic injuries
- Minor allergic reactions
- Wound infections
- Eye infections and injuries
- Simple lacerations
- Upper respiratory infection
- Viral syndromes
- Wound checks
Fast Track is available 7 days a week 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Emergency Room Services include
- Pediatric emergency services
- Psychiatric emergency service
- Disaster response/decontamination
- Specialists are on call 24/7
- Free valet parking
Kingston, N.Y. 12401