Emergency Treatment for Heart Attack, Stroke, Trauma, Illness

Emergency Department imageWhile you rely on Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin for your health care needs, you may not be aware of our exceptional emergency services. If the unexpected happens, we’re ready 24 hours a day to handle all types of emergencies.

The Emergency Department is part of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, the only academic medical center in eastern Wisconsin, with exceptional physician specialists, state-of-the-art innovations and breakthrough treatment options.

Three Levels of Emergency Care at Froedtert Hospital

The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Emergency Department is a community Emergency Department serving eastern Wisconsin. Our highly skilled and specialized physicians, nurses and other staff provide compassionate care for people with all types of urgent and emergency healthcare needs, providing three levels of care: 

  • Intensive, resuscitative care for critical, life-threatening illness or injury in collaboration with the Level I Trauma Center.
  • General emergency care for medical conditions such as falls, chest pain, shortness of breath, fractures, dehydration, bleeding and severe pain.
  • Minor care for less serious situations, such as an ear infection or broken finger, that can’t wait through the night or until Monday morning to be treated by a patient’s primary care physician.

Complete Care and Resources Dedicated to Your Emergency

Medical College of Wisconsin physicians work as a team to determine the best treatment options. All the specialists you may need during your emergency care are right here.

We pay constant attention to the most up-to-date practices that are proven to improve your health outcome. From the paramedics who bring you in, to our Emergency Department staff, the entire pathway of care is integrated and patient-centered, which is particularly important when time is of the essence.

Those suffering from an acute heart attack benefit from our 24-hour cardiac catheterization lab and interventional radiology suites, ready anytime angioplasty is needed to open a blocked artery.

As the first certified Primary Stroke Center in Wisconsin, The Froedtert Acute Stroke Team (FAST) is available around the clock to provide immediate care if you suspect you have had a stroke. Our advanced treatment options mean that patients arriving outside of the normal optimal treatment “window” may still benefit from advanced medications and procedures — extending the treatment window by hours.

Froedtert & the Medical College also use electronic medical records for all outpatient and inpatient services. Existing patients can rest assured that their emergency specialists partner with your disease specialist or primary care physician, and share the same medical record, to ensure continuity of care.

Patients are connected to case managers and social workers as needed, to ensure proper follow-up care and recovery as well as to provide support for the mental health and social needs a patient may have following an emergency.

Trauma Center Annual Report

Renovated and Expanded

To provide the highest efficiency in patient care, Froedtert & the Medical College recently renovated the Emergency Department. The Emergency Department is designed to make your care experience as smooth as possible. The patient waiting area offers a comfortable place for waiting family members. Patient treatment rooms are grouped within quiet patient-care areas with dedicated care teams and resources.

Each of the 38 exam rooms is “universal” and equipped to bring services to the patient, rather than transporting the patient elsewhere in the hospital. This helps to reduce time for providing care as well as noise levels in the department.

The Emergency Department also includes an on-site 64-slice volume computed tomography scanner, available 24 hours a day.

Another enhancement is the pneumatic tube (similar to those used at drive-up banks) extending from the Emergency Department to the lab. This tube allows for faster analysis of blood and tissue samples. Additionally, all staff members wear a special badge that allows instant, real-time communications with staff anywhere in the Emergency Department.

Responding to an Emergency

Recognize stroke symptoms and act F.A.S.T

  • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?
  • Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 quickly.

Know the symptoms of a heart attack

  • Feeling very weak 
  • Sudden dizziness 
  • Pounding heart 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Heavy sweating 
  • Nausea or vomiting