Emergency Department

The Department of Emergency Room Services (Emergency Department) of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute is a 16-bed capacity and more than 8000 patients are admitted every year.

The Emergency Department is chaired by DR. ZENAIDA L. ANTONIO, and is staffed by board certified Emergency Medicine Physicians, Residents, and Nursing Staff with specialized training in Emergency and Trauma Nursing. In addition, our board certified Nursing Trainees, Caregiver Trainees, Medical Interns are ready to meet your needs.

The National Kidney and Transplant Institute is a teaching hospital, and the Emergency Department accordingly trains/teaches the team approach to patient care, involving nurses, medical students, medical interns, resident physicians and attending physicians in the evaluation and treatment processes. Every patient is ultimately cared for and treated, however, by an attending physician who coordinates the overall plan of care.

The Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and is available to all people in need. No appointments are necessary. We do not give medical advice over the telephone. Feel free to come to the Emergency Department at any time for your health emergency needs, particularly on RENAL (KIDNEY) EMERGENCIES!


Medical emergencies are unpredictable – people don’t expect to have one. You can ease the anxiety of a visit to an emergency department by learning some basic facts.

It is important to know that emergency medicine has evolved into a state-of-the-art, technologically advanced, fully recognized medical specialty. Today’s emergency physicians are highly educated and trained to handle all kinds of emergency situations and to provide the best possible care.

Patients arrive by private car, taxi, ambulances or any public conveyance.

If you arrive by ambulance and are unconscious, you will be attended to immediately and be assigned a patient bed. If you were referred to the Emergency Department, and still ambulating, you will first enter the half-way area, where your medical condition will be assessed as soon as possible.

The triage officer, likely a nurse, will determine the severity of your condition, based on your symptoms, and check your vital signs which include temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. This process is called “ triage “.

Additional information will also be obtained, such as your name and address and medical history, and a Clerk will prepare a chart. Anyone who comes to an emergency department will not be turned away, patients from all walks of life- rich and poor, regardless of their ability to pay, young and old, with or without insurance coverage.


Once you are placed in an examination area, an emergency physician will examine you, possibly ordering tests (e.g., x-ray, blood examinations, electrocardiogram) and your vital signs will be monitored. Nurses and other assistants will also assist you during your visit.


The Emergency Department is staffed by multidisciplinary team of experts who specialized in emergency care. This team includes:

  • Board-certified physicians particularly Nephrologists, Transplant & Vascular Surgeons and Urologists
  • Emergency trained nursing staff
  • Social Worker
  • Laboratory Technologists
  • Radiology Technologists
  • Certified Respiratory Technologists
  •  Pharmacists