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Emergency Med

If you think you are having a MEDICAL EMERGENCY that needs attention, CALL 911.

A heart attack. A fall at a construction site. A child's severe asthma attack... Without warning, medical emergencies strike, triggering the need for immediate, expert attention.

At Virginia Hospital Center, you can get the care you need in a facility prepared to handle the toughest emergencies and provide personalized care. Our 36-bed unit provides the best of emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Not every decision made in the Emergency Department is a matter of life and death, but each is critical to the Hospital's ability to provide efficient, top-notch care.

Virginia Hospital Center’s Emergency Department is a special place where lives are saved each day. Our Emergency Medicine facility includes:

  • A 28-bed primary unit
  • A 8-bed Express Care unit for less urgent cases
  • Sophisticated on-site equipment including cardiac monitors, portable monitoring equipment, ventilators, and a testing laboratory.
  • Dedicated X-ray room with technician in the Emergency Department.

Equipped with state-of-the-art decontamination facilities, including:

  • Decontamination showers
  • Six negative pressure rooms

As part of Virginia Hospital Center, a leading full-service Hospital, we can:

  • Perform all diagnostics and emergency patient needs without delay, including sonograms and CT scans.
  • Have some tests sent electronically to our computers for immediate readings.
  • Provide medical subspecialties consulting and treatment 24 hours a day—including cardiac catheterization, interventional radiology, obstetrics/gynecology, and surgery.
  • Arrange, as needed, seamless admission to the hospital for quality in-patient care.

Unlike other emergency facilities, virtually all Emergency Medicine patients who need inpatient care can be admitted right here. No transfer. No hassle.

Call ER registration at 703.558.6168.

When Seconds Count...

Seconds were vitally important the day Gerry Salemme arrived by ambulance. Gerry had suffered a heart attack and been revived by the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). But without the quick action of the physician, David Duhamel, MD, and the other staff on duty that day, Gerry was at risk of significant damage to his brain and loss of physical capabilities. Gerry credits the quick action of the Emergency Department staff for the health he enjoys today. Read more

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DO YOU KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK?

Learn these important warning signs so you will recognize the symptoms if they should happen to you or someone near or dear to you:

  • CHEST DISCOMFORT. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

  • DISCOMFORT IN OTHER AREAS of the upper body, such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

  • SHORTNESS OF BREATH, with or without chest discomfort.

  • OTHER SIGNS, which may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.

  • DON’T WAIT to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs and be sure to act fast because every second counts.

For more information, visit the American Heart Association.

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