Kids' health emergencies require special expertise. Pediatric emergency specialists at Children's Hospital Colorado have at least three additional years of pediatric emergency training versus adult emergency departments. In addition to making kids (and their families) feel more at ease in emergency situations, this means faster diagnosis and treatment — which helps your child heal and get back to normal, faster.
"We're the front door of the hospital," says Kevin Carney, MD, medical director of the emergency department at Children's Colorado, "and so as soon as we can we need to establish that we're here, and we're listening, and we're going to do everything we can to help out your child."
When do I need an Emergency Department?
Emergency Departments, sometimes called "Emergency Rooms," can treat minor conditions but also deal with much more serious injuries and illnesses. They are open 24 hours a day. Commonly treated emergency conditions include:
- Severe asthma
- Severe abdominal pain
- Severe cuts with excessive bleeding
- Fevers in infants under 8 weeks old
Learn the difference between urgent and emergency care.
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Children's Colorado in the news
July 7, 2017
Kevin Carney, MD, medical director of the Emergency Department, explained the symptoms of dry drownings, and how parents can keep their kids safe this summer around water.
KOAA News5 Colorado Springs
May 30, 2017
"Supervision is key, teach kids good hydration, pedestrian safety and the correct gear for different Colorado sports. We want you to have fun in the summer, but we also want you to be safe about it," said Laura Kent, SafeKids coordinator at Children's Colorado in Colorado Springs.
May 18, 2017
Children's Colorado and the Kempe Center partner to raise awareness about the dangers of shaken baby syndrome and provide tips and resources on how to calm a crying baby. Daniel Lindberg, MD, emergency medicine who specializes in child abuse, was interviewed.
U.S. News & World Report
May 5, 2017
According to new research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, the number of marijuana-related ER visits made by teens and young adults more than quadrupled at Children's Colorado after the state legalized marijuana. "The state-level effect of marijuana legalization on adolescent use has only begun to be evaluated," said Sam Wang, MD, emergency medicine and medical toxicology, and lead author of the study.
FOX21 Colorado Springs
March 20, 2017
Three years ago, Beckett Goss, 7, swallowed a button battery. "If a button battery sits in your esophagus, the injury can begin as quickly as 30 minutes and within hours it can have burned all the way through your esophagus," said Dr. Christine Waasdorp Hurtado.