Emergencies can happen at any moment. Twenty-four hours a day, 365-days a year, our experienced emergency nurses and physicians are ready to treat the emergency illnesses and injuries of adults and children. Supported by the services of our hospitals' radiology, laboratory, cardiology and respiratory services, our emergency teams provide quality medical care and service to you and your family if the need arises.

One thing to keep in mind is that children often display symptoms differently than adults, and symptoms not serious for an adult can often be serious to a child. Always seek immediate medical attention if you think your child is having a medical emergency. A rule of thumb: when in doubt of whether it’s a true emergency or not, go to the ER. 

It always helps to be prepared for an emergency. Below is a checklist of items and information you should have prepared for an emergency room visit.

PLAN AHEAD: Prepare this list in advance before an emergency and keep an updated copy in your wallet or purse.

Call your primary care physician first
. If you’re not sure your condition is an emergency, call your regular physician who is most familiar with your medical history. Your physician may be able to recommend the best course of action, which may or may not include a trip to your emergency room. 

Bring identification and insurance cards. Always take identification and insurance information with you to the emergency room. This will help expedite the registration process. 

Know your prescriptions and allergies. Bring a list of active medications, dose and frequency, or bring the prescription containers with you. If you have allergies to medication or foods, or have specific illnesses, bring a list of these conditions so you can easily provide the information to the care provider.

Bring a pad, a pen, and a friend. A friend or family member can help you ask questions that you may not have through to ask. Carrying a pad and pen will help you keep note of specific details such as doctor recommendations.

Patients are seen in the order of severity or the acute nature of their illness. Just because you arrive to the emergency room before someone else does not mean you will see a doctor first. Ask the admission/triage nurse at check-in if they can provide assistance with pain management, which may include ice or hot packs, pillows and blankets.

Prepare for the unexpected. If you have young children, don’t forget that you may need to provide all the necessary information and guidance to babysitters, neighbors, afterschool activity advisors, etc. If necessary, be sure the right people know if you child has special needs or severe allergies. If the child swallowed what may be poison, bring the bottle with you to the emergency room. Additionally, bring activities or toys to keep young children content while waiting.

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