The Saperstein Emergency Department in the Ronald
Reagan UCLA Medical Center is located on the UCLA Campus in the
heart of Westwood, California.
We are a Level One Trauma,
Stroke and STEMI receiving center, and see over 45,000 patients per
year including many with complex and rare medical conditions. Our
highly trained and skilled physicians and staff provide excellent
quality care and service that each patient deserves. In addition to
the higher level acute care, the Emergency Department also provides
fast and efficient care for conditions such as sore throats, the
flu, lacerations, and sprained ankles. Our goal is to make your
experience the best one possible.
Information about your Emergency Department visit
Welcome. We've prepared this information for you
to help make your visit to the Emergency Department as
comfortable as possible.
When you arrive and register in the Emergency Department, you
will first see a specially trained triage nurse. The triage nurse
may conduct a brief medical history and exam to determine the
severity of your condition. Registration information will be
taken by an admissions and registration counselor.
Depending on the seriousness of your injury or illness, you may
be taken directly to a treatment room, or you may be asked to
wait until a treatment area is available.
If your condition changes while you are in the waiting room,
please notify the triage nurse immediately.
In the treatment room
Our physicians and nurses are specialists in emergency medicine.
They will examine you and will create a plan of care based on
your individual treatment needs. Lab tests and diagnostic
procedures may be ordered to further help diagnose your
Additional consulting physicians and/or social workers may also
participate in the evaluation. Since UCLA is an academic medical
center, residents (physicians receiving advanced training) may
also be involved in your care, under the supervision of highly
qualified professors, called "attending physicians."
Emergency Department physicians will discuss any treatment plans
with you, or with you and your family, and will always protect
your right to privacy.
After you have been evaluated
Depending upon your specific medical condition, the Emergency
Department physician will either:
- Discharge you and allow you to go home
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- Admit you to one of UCLA's hospitals in Westwood
- Admit you to UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
After your initial contact with a physician, an admissions and
registration counselor will ask for your insurance and financial
If you are discharged
If you are released following treatment, you will receive written
discharge instructions prior to leaving the Emergency Department.
It is important that you understand and follow the instructions.
At the time of discharge, you may be given a next-day appointment
or a referral for further care. If you have any questions, make
sure you ask your doctor or nurse before you leave.
If you are admitted to a UCLA hospital in Westwood
The Emergency Department physician will discuss details with you
and your family if you are going to be admitted to a UCLA
hospital in Westwood. You will be escorted to a hospital room,
and your medical care will be taken over by the healthcare team
in the assigned unit.
If hospitalization is required
UCLA Health includes four hospitals on two campuses:
If you are admitted to UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
Even if you are initially treated at the Emergency Department in
Westwood, you may be admitted to UCLA Medical Center, Santa
Monica for hospitalization. Our team will make all the necessary
arrangements, and you will be admitted directly to an
inpatient bed. The Westwood Emergency Department
physician will determine when it is safe for you to travel. You
will be given a consent form to sign, a standard procedure for
transporting patients between facilities.
You will be transported by ambulance at no additional
cost to you. Professional staff will accompany you to
monitor your condition and comfort. Your medical records will be
sent with you to Santa Monica. If you traveled to the Westwood
Emergency Department alone in your own vehicle,
arrangements can be made to transport your vehicle to
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. This service is free
of charge, and you will not incur any parking charges during your
All UCLA hospitals are staffed by UCLA physicians and nurses,
have state-of-the-art equipment, and provide the same level of
exceptional care and compassion.
Who can I call for more information?
Patient Affairs (310) 267-9113
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