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Pediatric Emergency Care
St. Anthony’s emergency physicians are board-certified in emergency care and trauma with specialized training and equipment to treat pediatric patients.
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.
All of our emergency physicians are certified in both Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Trauma Life Support.
Medications for adults often can't be used in children due to dangerous side effects or lack of testing in children. Our emergency department team is trained at treating the pain and anxiety of younger patients, from simple creams to more advanced medications to keep your little one comfortable.
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. Our Emergency Department maintains color-coded medical equipment sorted by a child’s weight and size.
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.
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