Is it an emergency? When to visit the emergency room vs. Eugene Pediatrics
Fact: About 80% of the time a child enters an emergency room in the U.S. it’s an unnecessary visit.
The emergency room is for true medical emergencies, such as:
- Life-threatening injuries
- Severe inability to breathe
- Drug overdoses
- Suicide attempt/unable to keep child safe
In a true emergency, call 911!
The emergency room is NOT the best choice if your child is experiencing:
- Ear pain
- Sore throat
- Abdominal pain
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Head/neck injuries if your child is conscious
Why should you call/visit Eugene Pediatrics instead of going to the ER in most situations?
We are board-certified pediatric specialists most qualified to handle your child’s medical needs.
- We know your child’s medical history, which helps us know how best to treat your child’s current health problems – the ER doesn’t have that information.
- We have your child’s medications and allergies on file so we can be sure the medicines we choose are the safest and best choice.
- ER wait times can be hours long – we will make you an appointment, usually the same day you call us with a concern.
- We have a comprehensive care team for you and your child – medical, mental health and social work at one clinic that’s dedicated to your child’s care.
- We can schedule SAME-DAY VISITS for your child’s urgent medical needs.
We care about your kids and we want to help. Call us anytime, 24 hours a day at 541-HUG-KIDS (541-484-5437). Someone will answer and a medical professional will return your call even when our clinic is closed.
Emergency Help Lines
Mental Health Crisis Response 1-888-989-9990
Looking Glass Youth Hotline 541-689-3111
Poison Control 1-800-222-1222