The treatment of cancer is complex—an oncology team must monitor a patient’s preexisting conditions, drug administration, side effects, and more. And, for patients with cancer, what may at first seem like a minor issue can quickly become an emergency.
Good Samaritan Medical Center provides oncology emergency services that is fully integrated with the hospital’s emergency department. Oncologic emergencies can include:
Tumor lysis syndrome
Surgical problems such as bowel or kidney obstruction
Pain and weakness due to brain tumors or spine metastases.
All patients who present through our emergency room with an oncologic related emergency, will by-pass the ED waiting area and be immediately placed in a private room. Patients will also be prioritized for expedited bed placements on our oncology unit. We have clinical care guidelines and cancer-specific protocols to improve how we care for cancer patients in emergency situations and, when appropriate, we try to safely reduce the need for hospital admissions.
We take a team approach to oncology emergencies and our emergency room registered nurses represent a critical component of the care team. Our Emergency Room RNs have received special training in oncological emergencies to provide patients with high quality clinical care. Oncologists, emergency medicine physicians, emergency nurses and oncology nurses work together under one roof to deliver emergency treatment for all oncology related emergencies.
Patients have access to our oncology services to help ensure continuum of care. Services include:
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