Are You Ready for An Emergency?
Most hospitals in the U.S. do not have the equipment or expertise to treat children in their emergency departments. Just six percent of U.S. hospital emergency departments have the necessary equipment, medications and experts to properly care for pediatric patients, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association.
At Children's Hospital Colorado, we have specially-trained staff and double-board-certified emergency physicians who treat children all day, every day. Our experts know that kids’ bodies aren’t just smaller than adults’ bodies; they’re physically different. Knowing what makes kids medically different means more accurate and efficient diagnoses, medication doses and radiation doses.
Having pediatric expertise and equipment, such as properly-sized masks, blood pressure cuffs, splints and neck braces, is imperative to your child’s health and will save time in true emergency situations. Unprepared adult hospitals may lose time – critical time – as staff hunts for properly-sized equipment. Going to a children’s hospital emergency department could save your child’s life.