When to use the emergency room - childEmergency room - child; Emergency department - child; Urgent care - child; ER - when to use
Whenever your child is sick or injured, you need to decide how serious the problem is and how soon to get medical care. This will help you choose whether it is best to call your doctor, go to an urgent care clinic, or go to an emergency department right away.
It pays to think about the right place to go. Treatment in an emergency department can cost 2 to 3 times more than the same care in your doctor's office. Think about this and the other issues listed below when deciding.
American College of Emergency Physicians, Emergency Care For You website. Is it an emergency? www.emergencycareforyou.org/Emergency-101/Is-it-an-Emergency#sm.000148ctb7hzjdgerj01cg5sadhih. Accessed November 20, 2018.
Markovchick VJ. Decision making in emergency medicine. In: Markovchick VJ, Pons PT, Bakes KM, Buchanan JA, eds. Emergency Medicine Secrets. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 1.