Emergency Room Questions: Do You Provide Medical Services For Children?
Children who require emergency care often tend to have special and unique needs. It is especially so for those who have severe, life-threatening emergencies. FrontLine ER is open round the clock to provide urgent medical care for children. We are well equipped to handle any infant, child or adolescent. Below are some of the things that make it possible for our physicians and nurses to provide the best urgent care for the little ones.
Availability of Patient Sized Equipment
The devices available include everything from lifesaving defibrillators to beds, and child-sized blood pressure cuffs. Everything is patient sized and tailored to meet the unique needs of children. Your child will feel comfortable here at FrontLine ER as the doctor and nurses will help provide a less stressful experience through appropriate explanations of medical equipment, preparation before procedures, and how to cope during and after the treatment is complete.
Specially Trained Staff
The physicians, nurses, and staff at FrontLine ER are specially trained in pediatric emergency medicine. They also have additional expertise in easing a child’s anxiety that may come with emergencies and the fear of hospitals. They are also in a position to:
Explain what is happening to your child during the treatment process
Understand that children react differently to adults in medical settings
Provide instructions on how to care for your child when you return home
Asses the unique treatment requirements for children and teenagers
The FrontLine ER has a team of board-certified and trained pediatric specialists available 24/7 should your child require advanced care. They have certification in pediatric care which includes, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC).
Emergency care providers are always prepared to provide care for various types of injuries and illnesses. Not sure if you should take your child to their pediatrician or FrontLine ER? Here are some general points to consider:
When your primary care physician (PCP)’S office isn’t open, and you need some peace of mind, visit an ER. Take your child for the following conditions:
Blue or purple skin, fingernails or lips
Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
Pressure on the chest or stomach pain
Burns and severe bleeding spinal, head or eye injuries
Fever in infants under the age of two
Allergic reactions such as hives
Seizures and uncontrolled pain
Tests, Treatments, and Services Available
Imaging and Laboratory Services. FrontLine ER is fully equipped to carry out imaging tests such as computed tomography scans, x-rays/radiology, and ultrasounds. The lab technicians are also capable of carrying out routine blood tests, urine samples, and diagnostic tests. All these tests allow the emergency physicians to look out for signs of tumors, broken bones or any other illnesses that may be developing.
Child Life Specialists. As mentioned earlier, doctors and nurses at FrontLine ER are child life specialists. They help you and your children navigate the hospital and manage the stresses that accompany an emergency. They help make the hospital more positive and less stressful place for your child.
Respiratory Therapy. If your child has a lung or heart problem and may need breathing assistance, the ER doctors and nurses can assess and provide advanced cardiac and pediatric support, resuscitation, defibrillation, and intubation.
Children’s emergencies can result from medical illnesses or sudden injuries from bicycle crashes, falls, burns and chocking amongst many more. In such cases call 911 or poison helpline in case your child has swallowed suspected poison or medicine. If you are in Richmond or Dallas TX, you can reach out to FrontLine ER and let us know you are on the way. We will be ready to attend to your child when you arrive.
Parents, on the other hand, need to be prepared by having basic knowledge of what to do in case anything should happen. When a child emergency occurs:
Stay calm and call 911 or any member of the family who can be of assistance
Start CPR or give rescue breaths if the child isn’t responsive
If bleeding, apply continuous pressure on the affected area with a clean cloth
If having a seizure, place them on the floor, with the head and body turned to the side and not put anything in the mouth
Carry anything that could be of importance such as the child’s medication, or evidence of a suspected poison
Contact your child’s PCP to inform them of the happenings
Always have an Emergency Information Form for each of your children. The form should include contact information for the parents, babysitter, caregivers or any other emergency contact. It should also include any medication or allergy that the child may be having.
In striving to ensure client satisfaction, the entire staff of FrontLine ER is working hard to live up to its no wait policy, enhance the atmosphere in the waiting room, and improve service delivery to patients and their families.