Whatever the emergency, we treat it with urgency

Whether you and your child come to us with a high fever or by ambulance after an accident, we’re ready to help. Take a minute to learn more about what we can do.

Services you can count on

Here are a few of the services our emergency department is known for:

  • Round-the-clock care by pediatric emergency medicine physicians, surgeons and nurses to provide evaluation, stabilization, treatment and care
  • Coordination with regional pediatric and neonatal transport teams with access to emergency ambulance, critical care rigs, helicopter and airplane services, including a helipad in Minneapolis
  • Child-friendly suture program for cuts and wounds
  • Pediatric sedation and anesthesiology
  • Low-dose radiation protocols for tests such as CT scans
  • 24-hour access to top pediatric specialists in fields like orthopedics, neurology, plastic surgery and ophthalmology
  • Short stay area for short-term assessment, observation or stabilization.
  • Pediatric and young adult extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for severe lung injury
  • Child abuse and neglect consultation services with Midwest Children’s Resource Center

Common emergency conditions

Some illnesses and conditions we treat often include:

  • Severe asthma
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Fevers in infants under eight weeks old
  • Frostbite
  • Poison ingestions, allergic reactions
  • Seizures
  • Severe diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration
  • Belly pain, nausea and vomiting and fever, due to suspected appendicitis

Common trauma and injuries

Some traumas and injuries we treat often include:

  • Chest injuries including blunt or penetrating blows to the chest wall, airways, heart and blood vessels
  • Bone injuries including breaks, fractures and sprains
  • Spinal cord injuries including damage to the nerves, neck and lower body
  • Head and neck injuries including a blow or jolt to the skull that cause concussion
  • Abdominal injuries including blunt or penetrating trauma to the stomach, bowels, spleen or other internal organs

Walk-in Ready Care

For non-emergency illness and injuries, we offer walk-in Ready Care – now open on evenings and weekends at some of our primary care clinics. You don’t need to call for an appointment, just come on in. Consider using Ready Care if your child has a symptom that started recently and is of a non-severe nature, including common cough or cold, fever (child older than three months), vomiting or diarrhea, rash, minor injury, ear pain or sore throat.

When to make an appointment instead

If your child needs a well child exam, has ongoing symptoms, or special health care needs, please make an appointment at one of our 12 primary care clinics so we can schedule an appropriate amount of time to address those needs.

If you or your child is experiencing a life-threatening emergency or injury, please call 911.



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