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Pediatric Emergency Department

Mercy’s Pediatric Emergency Department is committed to the special emergency needs of infants, children, adolescents and their families. The area is decorated with bright colors to provide a friendly and comforting atmosphere. And our kid-specific instruments fit the exact needs of the very special patients under our care.  

Our staff is a devoted team of emergency pediatric nurses, physicians, child life and other support staff specially trained in children’s care.  Pediatric specialists are available for consultation at all times. We offer:

  • Dedicated pediatric emergency staff and specialists available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • American College of Surgeons-verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Center
  • Pediatric transport team for ground and air ambulance transfers
  • Child-life specialist are available to provide additional comfort and care
  • Kid-friendly rooms and equipment
  • Expanded waiting area for family and guests
  • Improved patient flow to reduce wait times

When should I take my child to the Emergency Department instead of their doctor?

The question of when to seek emergency help for your child is worth considering in advance. Parents and childcare providers should have CPR and first aid training in case of an emergency. Here are some warning signs to help determine if a trip to the ER or a call to 911—if you feel the child is in life-threatening danger—is needed:

  • Child is having difficulty breathing
  • Child has fainted or lost consciousness
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or change in vision
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or vomiting blood
  • Change in mental status such as confusion or difficulty waking
  • Severe or persistent diarrhea or blood in stools
  • Bleeding that won’t stop after 15 minutes of applying pressure
  • Puncture wounds or wounds to the head or hands
  • A gaping wound with edges that won’t come together
  • Problems with movement after an injury
  • High fever (102.5 degrees F or higher) that won’t go away

In the event that you are not with your child when an emergency situation occurs, you should know that your child cannot receive treatment without your written consent. To insure immediate medical attention for your child in your absence, complete the Emergency Treatment Authorization form and leave it with your child's caregiver.

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