Heart Attack, Stroke Care and Other Emergency Services

A medical emergency can be stressful time for patients and their families. That’s why doctors, nurses, therapists and technicians work as a team in the Emergency Department at Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center to provide efficient emergency services and urgent care 24 hours a day. 

The Emergency Department at Desert Springs Hospital features a comfortable, spacious environment to treat patients who need emergency care for minor ailments or more serious injuries and illnesses such as:

  • Stroke or heart attack
  • Chest, abdominal or back pains
  • Cuts, contusions, sprains or broken bones
  • Infections such as upper respiratory infections

Thanks to the hospital's Comprehensive Assessment, Review and Disposition (CARD) room, we're speeding up the treatment of acute illnesses and injuries. In the CARD room, patients can watch TV, read and enjoy the soothing murals painted by local artist Dena Blake while undergoing testing and treatment.

In addition, the Emergency Department works closely with the hospital's Chest Pain Observation Unit, which is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of chest pain, to help free up time and services for non-cardiac patients.

Accredited Chest Pain Center

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The Chest Pain Observation Unit at Desert Springs Hospital was the first in Nevada to be nationally recognized by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PCI, also known as coronary angioplasty, is a procedure in which stenotic (narrowed) coronary arteries of the heart are opened with small balloons threaded through an artery. The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care's goal is to reduce mortality from heart attacks by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a heart attack and to reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment.

Primary Stroke Center

Desert Springs Hospital has been certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. To achieve certification for one year, stroke centers must demonstrate that they comply with standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measurement activities. To maintain certification, a stroke center must attest to continued compliance with standards and evidence of performance measurement and improvement activities each year, pass an on-site review conducted every two years by The Joint Commission and complete a bi-annual submission of an acceptable assessment of compliance by the organization.

ER Reserve 

ER Reserve lets patients request a time (up to 12 hours in advance) in the ER for non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Learn more and schedule an appointment >