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
Patients who visit the emergency department undergo a process of
initial evaluation known as "triage." This means that each
patient is evaluated by a nurse and/or doctor to determine the level
of medical emergency. This is necessary to rapidly identify the
sickest patients and provide them promptly with care. It also enables
us to endeavor to keep every patient's wait time as short as possible
while providing the appropriate level of care to all patients.
Our comfortable waiting room is equipped with free Wi-fi and a television.
After the Quick Reg process is complete, you may be asked to take a
seat in the waiting room. If the waiting room is crowded, you will
find additional seating just outside the Emergency department
entrance. If the patient is a child, you will likely be directed to
proceed to the pediatric emergency waiting room
which requires walking through the front section of the main Emergency department.
will meet with you in the waiting room to further discuss your
symptoms and the reason for your visit. A set of vital signs (such as
blood pressure and heart rate) will be taken, you will be asked about
your level of pain, medications, allergies, and medical history. Based
on this information, your care will be arranged. Your name will be
announced when it is time for you to be seen by a doctor.
Triage: Our waiting room is equipped with a confidential area to meet with your care providers
Between the hours of noon to 8 pm, we use an innovative approach
called "Team Triage." This means that an attending
(faculty) doctor and nurse
work closely together in the waiting room to assess your condition.
This allows us to begin diagnosis (lab tests, x-rays, etc.) and
treatment before you have been assigned a bed. We have several
curtained areas in the waiting room for your privacy while you meet
with these care providers.
"Each and every day in the E.D. brings new challenges and the
opportunities to become a helpful part of people's lives, at a time
when they most need us." - Paul Auerbach, M.D. Redlich Family Professor of Surgery -
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