The answer is about 24 hours. At that point, the patient is not able to be awakened. And, if he or she is awakened, he or she will most likely be confused and disoriented.
But even after the patient has been awakened, he or she should only be allowed to drive a short distance to and from home.
It’s best that the patient be taken home to rest and recover.
What to expect as a patient in the ED?
The ED is an exciting place to be, but it’s also a place to be cautious.
Many patients who go to the emergency department for a non-life-threatening problem may not leave there feeling great about their experience.
If you’re admitted to the hospital because you have a non-life-threatening condition, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
You may feel anxious and more vulnerable than you would otherwise.
You may be dealing with an illness that has a strong connection to your personal life. This can make you feel very vulnerable and exposed in the ED.
If you have any concerns about your own health, you should consult with your family physician or other healthcare provider before coming to the ED.
Some patients do not feel comfortable coming to the ED for evaluation. They’re not comfortable with the people there, and they don’t want to be there.
They may not have any symptoms or concerns that would lead them to the ED. Or, they may be concerned about being seen in the ED and not feeling well enough to leave.
If this is the case, you may want to go home and wait for your next appointment.
You may also find that you’re more comfortable going to a family member or friend’s house than going to the hospital.
If you’re not comfortable at the hospital, you may be able to get more information about home health care from your primary care physician.
How to care for the ED patient?
You may be feeling more comfortable at home right now. That’s perfectly fine.
But it’s also important to remember that your care is now your responsibility. You’re in charge of your health.
You can do a lot to help yourself stay as healthy as possible.
You may want to take some time to talk with your family and friends about what’s going on.
You might want to talk with a mental health professional to help you manage your anxiety and stress.
You may also want to make sure that there’s someone there for you when you get there.
You might want to make sure that you have someone to take you home when you leave the ED.
You may also want to find out if you can get home health care or help with transportation.
You may want to find out if you can get help to manage your pain.
You may also want to ask your doctor how you can help yourself stay as healthy as possible while you’re in the hospital.
Your doctor can help you manage your pain. He or she can also direct you to other resources in your community.
For example, you may want to check with your primary care physician or endocrinologist about getting blood tests done, or getting a mammogram, as soon as possible.
What should you expect after the ED visit?
Once you have been in the ED and are free of any serious symptoms, you can usually go home.
After being there, you may not feel well enough to leave the hospital right away. You may need to stay overnight to get better.
You may be given medicine to help you stay comfortable.
But you should still feel like you’re ready to go home.
You should feel like you can take care of yourself. You may want to ask a family member or friend to help you get ready for bed.
If you don’t feel up to taking care of yourself, you can ask your doctor or a family member or friend to help you.
You may not be able to go home right away. You may need to stay longer.
You may need to stay longer if you have any complications from your surgery or if you’re having any side effects from the medicine you’re taking.
You might also need to stay longer if you have any new symptoms or concerns.
You might also feel better if you get adequate rest.
You should also ask the doctor or nurse if you can go home if you have any pain or discomfort.
You also should ask the doctor or nurse if you can go home if you have any new symptoms or changes.
How long can you expect to be in the hospital?
If you’re in the hospital for any non-life-threatening condition, you can expect to be there for a few days.
If you’re in the hospital for an emergency, you may be there for a few hours.
You may be able to go home the same day you’re discharged.
If you’re in the hospital for a long time, it can be a long and complicated process.
But you can expect to be discharged after a few days.
You can also expect to return to your normal activities. Things like sports and work may be more difficult to do while you’re in the hospital.
What to expect in the future?
After you leave the hospital, you may still have some discomfort or pain.
You may have some questions about your diagnosis and treatment. You might also have some questions about how long you’ll be in the hospital.
You may want to talk with your doctor about these things. He or she can help you get answers.
You might also want to talk with a mental health professional about your anxiety and stress levels.
Check out these important information sources:
- American Heart Association
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