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The Stanford ED is a Level 1 Pediatric and Adult Trauma Center serving children and adults. We treat major and minor illnesses and injuries. From arrival to discharge and every step in between, find out what to expect during your visit.
Estimated wait times are approximate and subject to change.
Care and Treatment for Emergencies
What to Expect at the Stanford Emergency Department
Welcome to the Stanford Emergency department. We provide care for serious medical emergencies, as well as for minor injuries and illnesses for children and adults. Our pediatric emergency department is located within the Stanford Emergency Department and is affiliated with Stanford Children's Hospital.
If you have questions about your care or you are in pain, please ask a team member for assistance. We are dedicated to making your stay as comfortable and efficient as possible.
Guest Services is available 24 hours a day in the emergency department lobby. The Guest Services representative wears a red blazer and can help you with everything from where to find food in the hospital to arranging for transportation home. Guest Services is here to help you and your family both during and after your visit.
The information below is intended to help you understand what to expect during every step of your visit from the time of arrival through arranging follow-up care.
It is incredible to work in an Emergency department that brings together so many truly talented, committed, and dedicated doctors, not just in emergency medicine, but in every specialty. It is an honor and privilege to know that no matter how sick our patients are or how complex a diagnosis may be, we can rapidly bring our patients the most state-of-the-art care.
-- Sarah Williams, M.D. Stanford Emergency department doctor and Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery-Emergency Medicine
Students in a two-day course offered by the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford looked for ways to improve the patient experience in the Stanford emergency department.
The Stanford Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day. The Fast Track program is open daily from 11:30am-11:30pm and provides emergency care for patients 2 and older with minor illnesses and injuries. Most Fast Track patients are discharged within 90 minutes.
PREPARE FOR YOUR VISIT
Most Emergency Department visits aren't planned. However, if you are able, please bring the following with you:
Health insurance information (card)
List of prescription medications and dosages
List of medications to which you are allergic
List of questions you and your family may have
Recent test results related to your condition
Contact information for your regular medical providers