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Emergency Ward


The Rizzoli Institute Emergency ward is an Orthopaedic- Traumatologic Emergency Ward.
Assistance is finalized to patients with acute orthopaedic problems and traumas. During the daytime it is open daily to public from 7.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. During the night an orthopaedic emergency is open at the Ospedale Maggiore.

The new entrance to the Emergency Department after the restructuring of 2012-2013.

Access by TRIAGE

Access to Emergency is regulated by the Triage Emergency System that selects patients according to severity, reducing to a minimum waiting times for urgent patients. The grade of severity is classified by a colour code:



The Emergency Ward is located in the East Wing of the Hospital, and occupies about 400mq. The plaster rooms and the operating room are supplied with medical gas and all anesthesiologic equipment for anesthesia in compliance with the regulations. The pedestrian entrance has a video entry phone connected to the reporting room.

Clinical Practice

All traumatic musculoskeletal lesions, except craniofacial, thoracic and abdominal, and all orthopaedic diseases in acute phases are treated.   
Clinical practice is guaranteed, by orthopaedic surgeons who rotate from the Orthopaedic Wards of the Rizzoli Institute Departments, coordinated by the head of the Emergency Ward. Minor traumas are treated in the Emergency operating room whereas more serious traumas are treated in the operating theaters according to predefined shifts for each Ward.
Nursing services are guaranteed by a team of Professional Nurses coordinated by a head nurse and with the collaboration of nursing assistants.
A Professional Nurse is always present at the triage station and access is taken care of by a Professional Nurse. Two nursing assistants per shift collaborate with the Professional Nurses.

Pediatric orthopedic path

A Pediatric Orthopedic Path has been in operation since May 2023, a path for taking charge of orthopedic patients under the age of 14 who access the Emergency Department. The path foresees that young orthopedic patients who urgently access our Institute are separated from adult patients as early as the triage phases and directed to a "child-friendly" space, in order to improve comfort and reduce waiting times for this category of patients.

Doctor’s Code of Conduct in the Emergency Room

With the aim of improving the ability to solve small and large problems of patients going to the Emergency Department, the Institute has adopted the Code of Conduct of the Emergency Physician. It is a document that establishes the rules that the doctor must follow when carrying out the delicate and important task of welcoming and treating those who turn to our Emergency Department with an osteo-articular trauma, muscle or even for acute pain not resolved by the Doctor. The document was shared with all the doctors concerned, evaluated and approved by the Board of Directors and the Departments in a joint meeting.

  • Presentation of the Code by the Head of the Emergency Department, Dr. Marco Nigrisoli
  • Doctor’s Code of Conduct in the Emergency Room

Research and Training Activity

Courses held by the Emergency Ward nurses:

  • 3 Nurses are BLS D  Instructors for the Training Center IRC Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli program and hold BLS D Course.


Booking outpatient visits with the National Health System:

 Visits to the Rizzoli Institute outpatient clinic are booked directly by the physician.

Following check-ups (when not booked directly through the Emergency department) can be booked at the hospital reception desk during opening hours (Mon-Fri 7.30 a.m.-6 p.m.) or by calling +39-051-6366530 (Mon-Fri 8.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m.).

Contacts and Locations

Where are our locations?

Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli
via G.C.Pupilli, 1
40136 Bologna (Italy)