The emergency room is designed for just what it says – emergencies. Emergency room physicians are very skilled at dealing with critical life and death situations.
Routine care issues and most urgencies are better handled with your primary care pediatrician at Canyon View Pediatrics. Canyon View pediatricians have all trained in the Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal intensive Care Unit, and Pediatric Floor of one of the finest pediatric hospitals in America — Primary Children’s Hospital. We have cared for a broad range of emergent, life threatening disorders. If you’re not sure whether you should go to the office or ER, please use our emergency line (extension 5) and ask us – we’ll be glad to let you know. We are always willing to attend to urgencies and emergencies that can be handled in the office without an appointment.
Here are some examples of things we commonly handle here at Canyon View Pediatrics:
- mild to moderate head injury
- labored breathing
- high fever
- brief seizures
- falls and minor trauma
- acute abdominal pain or headache
- infections, etc.
If you believe your child is facing a condition that might immediately jeopardize their life, or a part or their body, you should definitely call 911 or go to the ER. At Canyon View Pediatrics, we work hard to be available for you during much of the waking hours to care for your health needs. Here are some of the reasons you should definitely go to the ER.
- Respiratory or Cardiac arrest
- Persistent unconsciousness
- Suicide intention or attempt
- High intensity trauma with potential life threatening trauma such as motor vehicle accidents, penetrating injuries such as gunshot wounds, or penetrating eye foreign bodies Ingestion of potential toxins or overdose of substances since this may require stomach emptying and administration of charcoal
- Prolonged seizures that don’t appear to be ceasing
- Possible shock with rapid deterioration in consciousness, breathing, etc,
- Chronic severe conditions with predictable exacerbations causing high risk for death or disability such as allergy leading to severe anaphylaxis with airway constriction and drop in blood pressure, heart rhythm problems which lead to circulatory compromise, severe mental health problems with suicide attempt, etc.