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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
Treatment at the Emergency Department
Patient treatment room
Each team member will introduce themselves and explain their role in your care.
Your doctor(s) will meet with you to conduct an exam and discuss your symptoms, including your level of pain. Any treatments or required tests will be discussed with you. A pharmacist is available between the hours of 2pm and midnight to discuss medications.
If necessary, your nurse(s) will:
Draw blood for lab tests
Insert an intravenous (IV) catheter
Nurse working with patient
Please tell your care provider if you are in pain so that we may assist you.
We encourage you to ask questions about your care.
If tests are required, we have the resources to conduct almost all of these onsite. Please plan on waiting for your results. The following time frames are provided as estimates only:
Most blood-based lab tests require approximately 60-90 minutes for results reporting
X-rays, ultrasound exams, and computed tomography (CT) scan studies vary from 15 minutes to several hours. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or special radiology studies may require several hours.
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