During our busiest time — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week — patients in our Emergency Department tell their problems directly to a physician — usually within 20 to 30 minutes. Our “Physicians in Triage” program means a physician is directly assessing patient needs and providing treatment right away, for major and minor emergencies. We have also created an Express Care Team who focuses on treatment of ER patients who require only minor procedures, freeing other doctors to treat more acute cases and expediting treatment for minor cases.
Because childhood emergencies should not wait, we’ve brought one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals to west St. Louis County. In partnership with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, we’ve opened a full-size ER just for kids, with nine beds plus six more for longer term, in-patient care. Every room has a bright, nautical theme to put your child -- and you -- more at ease. Washington University pediatricians and specially trained pediatric nurses staff this special unit.
ED physician Michael Rush, MD, answers common questions about concussions.