Safely Returning for Emergency Care
Bob Linton, M.D., chief of Emergency Medicine at Howard County General Hospital, details the efforts to ensure a safe environment for patients and staff in our ER. He encourages the community to seek care immediately by calling 9-1-1 if anyone is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness on one side of the body or slurred speech.
Staffed 24 hours/day, 7 days/week by Johns Hopkins Pediatricians
When your child has an urgent health need – no matter what time or day – it is comforting to know you can receive top quality Johns Hopkins care, close to home.
Our family friendly approach allows parents to stay with their children throughout the evaluation in the emergency treatment areas. Staff continually keeps parents updated about test results, diagnoses and treatment options.
The staff cares for children aged newborn through 17 years in a unit designed to provide a dedicated, safe and secure environment in which specially trained doctors and nurses work together to help kids get well.
The most common reasons to visit the ER include:
- high fever and infection
- head or body injury
- breathing problems
- gastrointestinal symptoms
- abdominal pain
- broken bones
For infants and small children, certain symptoms can cause concern and should be seen at the hospital right away. Learn more about symptoms that may indicate something serious.
Comfort and Satisfaction
The young patients’ comfort is of the utmost importance. From the gentle touch of a nurse consoling a scared toddler to the brightly decorated rooms and playroom stocked with toys and games, the goal of our pediatric emergency staff is to provide comfort and compassion during what can be a scary time for a child. We also offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) in some situations to help minimize pain and apprehension.
If the child needs to be admitted to the hospital, the inpatient rooms are designed with families in mind. Each private room includes a television, pullout sleeper sofa and private bath so that parents may stay by their child’s side throughout the hospitalization.
Equipment and supplies are age and size appropriate, recognizing that children are not just “little adults.”
Parents surveyed rank the care provided by our team among the best in the nation compared to hospitals with similar services.
The Children’s Care Center at Howard County General Hospital provides emergency treatment for more than 16,000 children a year. Despite these large numbers, each child receives individualized care from Johns Hopkins pediatricians and a specially trained pediatric staff. The center provides emergency, inpatient and observation care for children 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
The unit features 11 private emergency treatment rooms and six private inpatient rooms. There is a separate waiting area for children and families once they have been triaged. To access the pediatric emergency room, enter the Howard County General Hospital emergency entrance and main waiting area.
For more information on services available at our pediatric emergency room, call 410-884-4888.