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Quality & Compassionate Pediatric ER


Pediatric emergency services is a subspecialty of emergency medicine that focuses on care for children and teens with acute illness and injuries. Pediatric emergency medicine doctors specialize in the caring for unique needs of children and teens in serious or life-threatening situations.

At Dignity Health, our emergency care team ensures that your child is seen in a timely manner by providing efficient, personal pediatric ER services in the Bay Area. Our Online Waiting Room allows you to select your estimated hospital arrival time and wait at home until your time to be seen.

What Our Pediatric ER Offers

Our pediatric emergency services use techniques, equipment, and procedures specific for children and teens. This may include:

  • Airway stabilization — intubation and mechanical ventilation for breathing with pediatric size equipment
  • Diagnosis — figuring out what is wrong with a child who may not be able to communicate the problem or cooperate
  • Fracture, sprain, and strain treatments — realigning broken bones, splinting, and casting 
  • Laceration and wound repair — stitches (suturing) and staples
  • Medications — pain medications, blood transfusions, tetanus shots, oxygen, breathing treatments, antibiotics, corticosteroids, and IV fluids using techniques unique for children and teens
  • Mental health evaluation and treatment — crisis intervention, medications, and referrals
  • Trauma treatment — chest tube insertion to treat collapsed lung, thoracotomy to treat chest trauma, and spinal immobilization to stabilize possible spinal fractures

Trusted Pediatric ER Services

Your child or teen may need pediatric emergency services at Dignity Health for any of the following:

  • Abdominal conditions — nausea or diarrhea, severe pain, appendicitis, intestinal blockage, and infection
  • Allergies — exposure to poison ivy, seasonal allergies, and anaphylaxis
  • Bone, joint, and muscle problems — strains, fractures, joint dislocations, sprains, and serious bruises 
  • Endocrine diseases — diabetes 
  • Fever and infections — meningitis, sepsis, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, pinkeye, pneumonia, strep throat, mononucleosis, upper respiratory infection, influenza, abscesses, and stomach flu
  • Mental health conditions — anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and threats or attempts at suicide 
  • Lung problems — including difficulty breathing and asthma
  • Poisonings — accidental ingestions and drug overdoses
  • Possible child abuse and neglect — evaluation, initial treatment, evidence collection, and notification of appropriate agencies
  • Trauma and injuries — major cuts, animal bites, burns, eye injuries, multiple trauma, smoke inhalation, head injury, and shock

Pediatric ER: What to Expect at Dignity Health

If your child has an emergency, call 9-1-1 for the most rapid emergency care and transportation to the hospital. Your family will receive care from the expert pediatric emergency team at Dignity Health when you arrive.

Dignity Health provides fast and efficient emergency care, including pediatric ER, in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.