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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
You will encounter a security person and a metal detector at the entrance to the emergency department. All people entering the emergency department are screened for your safety.
We apologize for any inconvenience this screening may cause you. It is our goal to provide a safe and secure experience for all of our guests.
For your safety, the following items are not allowed in the emergency department:
Guns, including stun guns (personal protection devices)
Sharp nail files
Security personnel will provide you with a form to fill out and take to the registration desk in the waiting room. In the event of a life threatening emergency, medical and security personnel will escort you through the waiting area directly to a treatment room.
If you feel you are suffering from a life threatening emergency, notify security personnel or a staff member in the waiting area as soon as you arrive.
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