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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
Inside the Emergency Department
Stanford Hospital Residents
Stanford Hospital is a university teaching hospital . This means that there may be several doctors providing your care, including a supervising attending doctor, a resident, a fellow or a senior specialist from another department. Being treated at Stanford provides patients with unparalleled access to cutting edge treatments and doctors renowned for their expertise. All residents, fellows, and medical students are supervised by attending faculty doctors.
Stanford Emergency Department attending doctors are board certified in emergency medicine. Emergency medicine doctors are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of all manner of illnesses and injuries.
A nurse will be involved in all aspects of your care. Other team members may include lab technicians, phlebotomists, respiratory therapists, social workers, and other hospital staff. We all work as a team because this model of care helps us to provide patients the best possible treatment.
Most of our patient rooms have two or more beds, which are separated by curtains. The hospital is in the process of major facility upgrades that will enhance patient privacy in the Emergency department. We thank you for your patience during this remodeling process.
The Stanford Emergency Department is a Level 1 Trauma Center. This means that we receive patients who have been critically injured and are in need of life saving care. During your visit, it is possible that you may see or hear intense medical situations.
"I am part of an incredible team. Every member of the team is proud of the care we provide our patients and it shows. I love watching our new students and residents brought into this team and learning through example how we treat our patients and their families. We also have access to an amazing network of specialty services for consultation, admission, and follow up."
- Claire Turchi, M.D.
Stanford Emergency Department doctor and Clinical Instructor, 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