Young kids tend to assume that their parents have all the answers, but
quite often, it’s difficult to know what to do when a medical emergency
occurs. There are many situations in which you could drive your child
to the ER, but potentially life-threatening problems are not among them.
When you call 911, the children’s hospital can send out emergency
care responders to give your child life-saving care before he or she reaches
the hospital. Here at
Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, we urge parents to err on the side of caution and activate
emergency services when a child’s health is in jeopardy.
Call 911 if respiratory distress occurs.
Respiratory distress refers to trouble breathing, which is always a medical
emergency. Respiratory distress can be caused by an asthma attack, allergic
reaction, choking, or pneumonia. Emergency responders can give your child
oxygen while transporting him or her to the children’s hospital.
Drive to the ER for minor broken bones.
Kids tend to play as though they were invincible and unfortunately, this
often results in broken bones. In many cases, parents can drive their
kids to the ER for broken bones. If the child is unconscious or appears
dazed, has also sustained head trauma, experiences excruciating pain,
or the bone is visible, then you should call 911 instead.
Call 911 if the child is not responsive.
There are many reasons why a child may lose consciousness and not respond
to attempts to rouse him or her. Parents should assume that this is a medical
emergency that requires a call to 911. Unresponsiveness can be the result of a serious infection, severe dehydration,
head trauma, or poisoning.
Drive to the ER for sutures.
If your child has sustained a wound that you suspect will require stitches,
you can generally drive to the ER. If possible, have someone else drive
so that you can keep pressure on the wound. If the wound is bleeding severely,
you are unable to stop the bleeding with pressure, or your child has a
bleeding disorder, it’s time to call 911.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital is pleased to offer our dedicated neonate
and pediatric ambulance to facilitate rapid
emergency care to children in the Las Vegas area. If your child is experiencing a serious
medical problem, please don’t hesitate to call 911. Parents can
contact our children’s hospital at (702) 233-5437 only for non-emergent