Emergency Services

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Emergency Care in Reno and Sparks

Northern Nevada Health System offers emergency services at five convenient locations in Reno and Sparks. Let us take care of you, from traumatic injuries to more common reasons to come to the ER such as:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Flu, fever, pneumonia, strep throat
  • Asthma, allergic reactions, sinus infection
  • Skin rashes

Emergency response time after an event can be key, and at Northern Nevada Health System we offer multiple emergency services in several locations to meet your needs.


Learn more about our freestanding emergency department

What Are the Five Stages of Emergency Care?

A sudden illness or injury can happen at any time, and while a trip to the emergency room is never planned, everyone should know what to expect once they arrive at an emergency department (ED).

Step 1 – Triage

If you arrive at the emergency room on your own and not in an ambulance, the first step will be triage. A nurse assesses the severity and your symptoms in order to sure the most critically ill or injured patients are treated first.

Step 2 – Registration

The registration process allows the ED staff to gather information for your patient record and receive treatment consent. This is when you will be asked for insurance information. We have other resources available for patients who are uninsured.

Step 3 – Treatment

Every patient receives treatment from an attending physician or mid-level practitioner. Depending on your condition, a registered nurse may start an intravenous (IV) line. The IV line will allow the nursing staff to quickly administer medications or fluids that may be ordered by a physician. A nurse or technician may also take blood or urine samples, or they may send you for an X-ray or other imaging test before a physician sees you.

Step 4 – Reevaluation

After test results come back, your condition will be reevaluated so that we can proceed with the best treatment for you. Make sure you let your nurses or physicians know how you are feeling, because it can be just as important as your test results.

Step 5 – Discharge

We want to keep you healthy long after you’ve left our emergency medical services and the emergency room, and part of that is giving you instructions on what to do once you are discharged. This can describe how you can care for your wounds or illness, medication instructions and recommendations for follow-up care. If you have a question about any of your discharge information, please ask. It is important that you understand what you must do upon discharge.

If you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately or visit the nearest emergency room.

If you need a referral to a physician at Northern Nevada Health System, call our free physician referral service at 775-356-6662.