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Emergency Services

Frankfort emergency room

Frankfort Regional Medical Center’s emergency room is here to provide Kentucky’s capital with the highest level of emergency care. One of only four level III trauma centers in all Kentucky, and a recipient of chest pain center accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, Frankfort Regional Medical Center is setting the standard for excellence in emergency cardiology care.

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We’ve recently completed a multi-phase renovation on our emergency room, increasing from 18 to 28 beds and nearly two times the size of our previous ER. Our emergency room ensures a higher level of privacy, comfort and convenience as well as improved patient flow to keep your ER wait time as short as possible.

Because privacy is important for our emergency patients, the ER provides treatment rooms with doors and floor-to-ceiling walls, rather than traditional curtain cubicles. Check our ER FAQ section for more information.

Additionally, Frankfort Regional Medical Center’s ER features:

  • A state-of-the-art trauma room
  • Bedside registration to expedite treatment and discharge
  • A decontamination room specially equipped to care for chemical and biohazard emergencies

Our emergency room staff includes board-certified physicians specially trained in emergency medicine and certified trauma nurse specialists. As a trauma center we have the technology and medical expertise to act quickly and effectively 24 hours a day, every day. And we're supported by the diagnostic and treatment capabilities of the entire hospital, including a new low-dose CT scanner.

Keeping ER wait times low

As part of our commitment to the Frankfort community, we broadcast our average ER wait times so you can make an informed decision about which emergency room to visit. We measure our ER wait time based on a four-hour rolling average updated every 30 minutes and are provided for informational purposes only. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911 or get to the nearest emergency room.

When it comes to prioritizing ER patients, the sickest people go first, says Michael Dodd, MD, from Frankfort Regional Medical Center. Find out how the triage system works in his hospital by watching this short clip.

The most common types of ER injuries are related to orthopedics, motor vehicles and lacerations, says Michael Dodd, MD, from Frankfort Regional Medical Center. Discover why, as well as other common injuries, in this video.

Emergency doctors are jacks-of-all-trades who see everyone from birth to 110 years old, says Michael Dodd, MD, from Frankfort Regional Medical Center. Learn what that entails in this video.

Simple things like sore throats, coughs, bumps and bruises should be seen in urgent care, says Michael Dodd, MD, from Frankfort Regional Medical Center. Learn which problems he says merit an ER visit in this video.

The reasons kids are brought to the ER depend on age, says Michael Dodd, MD, from Frankfort Regional Medical Center. Find out the big differences between younger and older children by watching this video.

The Frankfort Regional Medical Center is a level three trauma center, and has surgeons on staff 24-hours a day. Watch Bryan Shouse, MD, of Frankfort Regional Medical Center, discuss their services more.

A level one trauma center offers services 24-hours a day, a level two does not require extensive research and a level three manages trauma that requires general surgery. Watch Bryan Shouse, MD, of Frankfort Regional Medical Center, explain more.


Fast Track ER

Frankfort Regional Medical Center’s emergency room is now offering a five-bed Fast Track area for less serious illnesses and injuries. The new Fast Track area is located within the ER and will be available seven days a week from 9 AM until 11 PM. The goal of the Fast Track program is to treat and discharge patients with non-life-threatening conditions within 60 minutes of arrival, keeping your ER wait time as low as possible.

Some of the minor illnesses and injuries treated in Fast Track include:

  • Cuts, tears or puncture wounds
  • Sprains
  • Occupational injuries
  • Colds/flu
  • Sore throat
  • Minor motor vehicle injuries
  • Minor burns
  • Insect bites and stings

The Fast Track area will have a dedicated nurse and qualified medical professional specifically allocated to oversee the rapid assessment and treatment of their patients.

Pediatric ER in Frankfort

The doctors and nurses at our ER are also specifically trained to deal with pediatric emergencies. We have taken great steps in completing a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure our ER is fully prepared to provide effective care for children. Known as the National Pediatric Readiness Project, it is the first national assessment of pediatric readiness in ERs across the United States. When you bring your child to our ER, you can rest easier knowing they are in good hands. When children have serious emergencies, medical staff must act quickly, always keeping safety at the forefront. That’s why Frankfort Regional Medical Center has implemented the Artemis system, an electronic medication system, which adds a new level of safety when it comes to giving kids the right amount of medicine in an emergency situation.