When you First Arrive

When You First Arrive

Upon your arrival, you will be seen by a triage nurse, who will evaluate your condition and assign you a triage priority. The priorities have the following meaning.


Life threatening condition that needs IMMEDIATE medical attention (i.e., car accident, heart attack, severe burn)


Urgent condition that is not life-threatening (i.e., severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath, asthma, minor chest pain)


Minor medical conditions that require treatment. A delay in treatment will not cause the condition to worsen (i.e., back pain, cough, earache, sore throat)

Before registering, the triage nurse will take your initial blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate and temperature along with a brief medical history. Based upon your triage priority, you will be taken back to the treatment area as soon as an appropriate treatment room is available.

A patient who arrives after you, but has a more urgent or life-threatening condition, may be taken back to see the doctor before you. After you are seen by the triage nurse, the nurse will determine if you are able to register or if you need to be seen immediately by the emergency care physician. Our goal is to have you triaged within 15-30 minutes of your arrival to the Covenant Emergency Care Center.