Emergency ServicesIn an emergency, call 9-1-1. Swedish Emergency Room (ER) teams are equipped to handle most urgent illnesses and injuries, with state-of-the-art equipment.
We'll do our best to see you as quickly as possible, but sometimes you may have to wait. Here are some reasons why:
- Patients are treated based on the severity of their illness. There may be seriously ill or injured patients who need immediate treatment.
- If your treatment requires tests, you may need to wait for results before the next part of your treatment can take place.
- Time is required to transport and complete tests such as labs or X-rays.
- We may be trying to contact your primary care physician or specialist.
- A patient may be checking out and a treatment room is being prepared for you.
Make sure you know which ER is closest to your home and know how to get there. Immediately seek emergency care if you experience the following:
- Signs of a stroke
- Signs of a heart attack
- Severe sports injuries
If you feel your condition is not life-threatening, call your doctor first, even if it's after regular office hours. Your doctor can advise you about coming into the office, waiting until the next morning if the office is closed or referring you directly to an emergency room.
If you believe your child's condition is life-threatening, call 9-1-1 or go straight to the closest ER.
As a parent, you certainly hope to never be in a situation where you need to take your child to the emergency room. But accidents and illnesses happen and it's much better to have a game plan well before you're in a crisis with your child.
With kid-sized medical equipment and doctors trained in pediatric care, your children will receive the critical care they need.