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Pediatric Emergency Services

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014

The board-certified Emergency Medicine specialists in the Doylestown Hospital Emergency Department provide exceptional care for children.

When it comes to being treated in the ER, children are not "little adults," says Robert Linkenheimer, DO, FACOEP, medical director of the Doylestown HospitalEmergency Department. "We approach their healthcare needs differently than adults."

The board-certified Emergency Medicine specialists in the Doylestown Hospital Emergency Department see nearly 8,000 children annually. They range in age from infants through teens, with minor injuries to serious illness.

Emergency physicians work in concert with a child's pediatrician, who receives a copy of the child's medical record. The attending physician may also call the pediatrician directly.

When can I bring my child in to the Emergency Department (ED) for care?

Access to emergency services through Doylestown Hospital's Emergency Department is available anytime, day or night. This service is especially helpful if a child has an immediate and serious need for care after the pediatrician's office hours have ended.

What happens when I arrive for pediatric care in the Emergency Department?

When your child first arrives to Doylestown Hospital's ED, they are personally greeted by an experienced staff member and are assessed by a triage nurse who will ask you questions about their condition or injury and who will check their temperature, pulse and blood pressure. Children who have a life-threatening illness or injury are seen first. This is why children are not always seen in the same order as they arrive. Patients with non-life threatening conditions are cared for in the rapid treatment area, where the goal is to have the patient diagnosed, treated and discharged as efficiently as possible.

Who will be caring for my child?

Emergency Department physicians are trained to care for ill and injured children. These experienced, certified physicians communicate with you and review your child's diagnosis and treatment plans

  • Nurses help treat your child's condition, manage patient communication, and provide medication.
  • Board-certified pediatricians (also called pediatric hospitalists) who work within The Della Penna Pediatric Center of Doylestown Hospital and CHOP neonatologists from our neonatal intensive care unit are available for ED consult as needed.
  • Health care technicians aid physicians and nurses in the care of your child.
  • Social workers help with crisis support and counseling, information on community resources and referrals for follow-up care and services.
  • Chaplains are on site to offer spiritual and emotional support to children and families.

What happens when my child is in the treatment area?

A physician and/or advanced care practitioner will see your child, complete a medical screening exam and review your child's condition with you. Additional tests such as labs or X-rays may be needed to complete a diagnosis. The physician will offer recommendations for treatment or follow-up care.

May I stay with my child during the exam?

Parents or caregivers are encouraged to remain with the child to offer support. "We want the parents to be with the child. They are there to help nurture the child in an unfamiliar environment. We work with the parents to help the child feel safe," says Dr. Linkenheimer.

Should a child be admitted to The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center of Doylestown Hospital, parents or caregivers can stay with their child overnight.

The entire ED staff helps create a safe, non-threatening environment. Little touches like providing a teddy bear to young children add to the reassurance. The residents of Pine Run Retirement Community make some 6,000 stuffed bears each year for the ED.

About Emergency Services

When medical emergencies arise, patients of all ages can count on the skilled physicians and specialized nurses of Doylestown Health Emergency Services. Fully equipped with private treatment areas, critical care suites and a designated pediatric/minor acute area, the Emergency department can handle any emergency while offering patients confidentiality and comfort. Dedicated resources for specialized care include the Woodall Chest Pain Center and a certified Stroke Resource Center, as well as affiliations with Jefferson Expert Teleconsulting and Temple MedFlight.

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