Freestanding Emergency Departments

Main Points
  • Freestanding emergency departments are emergency departments that are physically separated from hospitals.
  • Freestanding emergency departments can evaluate and stabilize any patient. They will arrange for transfer for additional care or hospital admission if needed.
  • In an emergency, a freestanding emergency department may be closer than an emergency department which is attached to a hospital. Going there first would allow lifesaving medical treatment to begin sooner than going to a more distant hospital.
  • Freestanding emergency departments are not urgent care centers. They have advanced diagnostic and laboratory facilities and are capable of treating any emergency medical condition and are always staffed by emergency physicians.
Freestanding Emergency Department Fact Sheet

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