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In conjunction with Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, St. Anthony’s operates a separate, 10,000 square-foot pediatric emergency department adjacent to the main emergency department.
The pediatric emergency department includes:
- 11 pediatric treatment rooms
- one trauma room
- one trauma/orthopedic procedure room
- three 23-hour observation rooms
- a child-friendly design
- Cardinal Glennon pediatric emergency physicians
The relationship with Cardinal Glennon, which began in 2003, has enabled St. Anthony’s to offer and expand premier pediatric services on campus, including emergency care, neonatology services and pediatric specialty outpatient clinics.
Treating kids - not “little adults”
An Institute of Medicine study notes that 27 percent of emergency room visits in this country involve children, yet only 6 percent of all emergency departments are fully equipped to treat the children who come through their doors.
Children are definitely not little adults. Children have different anatomy and physiology, which regularly change as they age from infancy to adulthood.
Bone growth, heart and respiratory rates, and blood pressure levels all vary as children age. There are five classifications just in growth plate fractures in children. Major orthopedic issues could develop down the road if bones heal incorrectly as they grow larger.
Medications for adults often can't be used in children due to dangerous side effects or lack of testing in children. Medical equipment used to treat pediatric emergencies also is important. A report by the Illinois Department of Public Health noted that appropriately sized emergency equipment is as vital as physician expertise.
At St. Anthony’s, the Pediatric Emergency Department maintains color-coded medical equipment sorted by a child’s weight and size, and all of the Cardinal Glennon pediatricians are certified in both Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Trauma Life Support.
When young children can’t talk to tell you what’s wrong, the right training, facility and equipment make all the difference.
For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.
Working as trusted partners, the physicians and employees of St. Anthony's Health System will deliver care distinguished by its demonstrated quality and personalized service. We will be visibly engaged in improving the health and well being of the communities we serve in South County and beyond. We will stand together, proud to set the standard for independent community health systems.