HU/UFSC Clinical Emergency Service was established in 1980, together with the first services offered by the hospital. Open 24 hours, HU is today a center of reference in Urgencies and Emergencies that serves about 2,700 cases and around 200 hospitalizations per month, exclusively for the Unified Health System (SUS).
Priority is given to patients in critical condition transported by the Mobile Emergency Care Service (SAMU) or by the Fire Department, and to cases referred from Basic Health Units (UBSs) or Emergency Care Units (UPAs). The Service also receives patients from other hospitals and municipalities that require more complex evaluation and services. The reception of patients is made by risk evaluation and assessment, so as to meet urgencies with greater promptness and to achieve a greater integration with the basic health network.
The medical staff consists of 19 highly qualified medical professionals that perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures through clinical examination, laboratory and imaging tests (Computed tomography, Conventional ultrasound and Bedside ultrasound with modern and portable machine), and emergency procedures such as orotracheal intubation, deep venous access, electrical cardioversion and diagnostic procedures (lumbar puncture, paracentesis, thoracentesis). The emergency staff also gives guidance to Medical Clinic residents, medicine interns and students – what makes the Clinical Emergency at HU an academic environment of reference in teaching and professional qualification.
HU/UFSC Emergency department is linked to the Toxicological Information Center of Santa Catarina (CIT-SC), being a reference in the state for cases of injuries from venomous animals and intoxications. The services from other medical specialties at HU (Gastroenterology, Neurology, Hematology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Dermatology, among others) also give constant support to the emergency staff in cases in which the evaluation of a specialist is required.
The Emergency service shares the same physical structure with the Surgical Clinic, which comprises 6 offices (1 for triage, 3 for medical clinic, 1 for surgical clinic and 1 for psychology), a resuscitation room with 2 stretchers, a medication room with 9 chairs, a procedure room, an operating room, 8 stretchers for patients in observation status and 13 beds – one of which is in an Isolation ward.
The service has an efficient nursing staff composed of 18 nurses, 49 nursing technicians, 3 pharmacists, 1 nutritionist, 1 social worker and residents from the Integrated Multi-Professional Health Residency.
These professionals work in an environment of high turnover of people and constant pressure, facing daily challenges to overcome the difficulties caused by the increasing demand of patients imposed by the current public health situation. Conditions of overcrowding, lack of professionals and problems of physical and technological infrastructure are faced by the multidisciplinary team which strives to ensure the best service for the community, maintaining a humanized care, technical quality and resolubility.
For further information, visit http://www.hu.ufsc.br/setores/emergencia-clinica/.