The Lester M. Bornstein Department of Emergency Medicine is staffed 24 hours a day by full-time emergency physicians and nurses treating approximately 80,000 patients annually. Fully equipped to handle all medical, surgical and psychiatric emergencies, the Department's board-certified emergency physicians and specialized emergency nurses provide quality care to all ages from newborns to the elderly.
The Emergency Department also offers state-of-the-art pediatric emergency services with a separate waiting area and board-certified pediatric emergency specialists; an on-site Crisis Center to handle all psychiatric emergencies; a referral center for victims of rape and sexual assault; a FastTrak area for the treatment of minor emergencies; and a fully equipped, state-of-the-art resuscitation room to treat acute traumatic and cardiac emergencies.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center provides induced hypothermia treatment for people who experience sudden cardiac arrest. Research has shown that chill therapy can reduce the risk of neurological damage and preserve brain function after a catastrophic cardiac event.
Mild hypothermia is induced by pushing cold liquid through pads that are wrapped around the patient’s body. The rapid cooling down to 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit and slow warming over a total of 36 hours limits cell damage caused when the brain goes without oxygen for a period of time. This advanced treatment is coordinated by a team of Emergency Medicine and Cardiology specialists and can be administered in combination with emergent percutaneous intervention.
Geriatric Emergency Department
Named in honor of the late congressman, the Donald M. Payne, Sr., Geriatric Emergency Department offers a comfortable environment devoted to the complex needs of our senior patients. The area’s serene environment provides specialized care that meets complex needs of patients age 65 and over. The wider stretchers with thicker mattresses, non-glare/non-slip flooring, specialized lighting and comfortable bedside chairs support the best in emergency care for our senior patients who often undergo more extensive testing than younger patients.
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