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 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
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.
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
medications to which you are allergic
List of questions you
and your family may have
Recent test results related to
Contact information for your regular medical