Exclusion Criteria

Criteria to Exclude Direct Admits in Favor of ED Evaluation

In general, any patient requiring urgent intervention and management with potential for ICU admission should be sent to the ED for evaluation. Some examples include:

  • Chest pain suspicious for angina or angina equivalents requiring rule out of MI
  • Acute Sepsis- with SIRS criteria with and without hypotension
  • Acute abdomen
  • Hypoxia with SATS < 88% on RA or oxygen dependent patient requiring 4L or more for sats >88%
  • Symptoms suspicious for stroke
  • Rapid atrial fibrillation or flutter with HR>110 at rest
  • Respiratory failure or distress
  • Acute mental status changes
  • Unstable vital signs such as SBP <90 or HR > 110 at rest
  • GI bleed with orthostatic changes
  • Severe anemia

Hear it from Our Patients

Jody Beard has suffered from knee pain for many years. Not anymore, thanks to knee replacement surgery through the Fort Washington Medical Center Joint Replacement Program.
This surgery has changed my life. I no longer lay on shopping carts for support or agonize when walking on concrete. After two knee replacements, now I am all over the place. I’m walking around the school where I work without pain. My granddaughter says I don’t walk like a penguin anymore. I have my surgeon and the FWMC staff to thank for that!
~ Jody Beard