Children are not small adults. Even in an urgent or emergency situation, pediatric expertise matters. Here’s why:
Pediatric emergency medicine doctors are specially trained to care for kids
Pediatric emergency medicine physicians have three additional years of pediatric emergency training compared to general emergency medicine physicians and pediatricians. In addition to making kids (and their families) feel more secure and at ease in emergency situations, their skills in pediatrics allow pediatric emergency medicine physicians to be more comfortable with both the common and not-so-common pediatric emergency medical conditions. This allows them to make the proper diagnosis faster and with fewer and less invasive tests, which can make the process quicker and usually less painful.
Pediatric centers have kid-sized equipment and tests
Children are developing and changing every day. They have faster heart rates, growing bones and smaller airways. Kids also respond to medical tests, drugs and treatments differently, making specialized equipment and testing critical. While other emergency departments have equipment needed to diagnose and treat the general adult population, Children’s Colorado has specialized equipment that is designed for children and teens – and we have teams who know how to use it.
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And unlike other hospitals and urgent care locations, we partner with your child's pediatrician or your family doctor to make sure we work together and communicate about your child’s care.