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The emergency room is for severely ill or severely injured patients only.
About Our Pediatric Emergency Room
The pediatric ER at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center is staffed 24 hours a day by board-certified pediatric specialists. Because we also have a dedicated pediatric inpatient and pediatric surgery program, our pediatric specialists are ready in any emergency.
Our state-of-the-art diagnostic services mean that we can diagnose and treat children's conditions more quickly.
And because emergency rooms can feel frightening for young patients, we've designed the space with kids in mind. It's comforting, bright, and fun. Child life specialists also help comfort and entertain children.
Surgical & Clinical Specialties
We offer emergency pediatric care in this department, including mental health emergencies.
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Pediatric Inpatient Unit
- Certified child life specialist* With backgrounds in psychology and child development, these experts help kids to feel more secure in an unfamiliar environment. We use age-appropriate language and medical materials to help your child understand what to expect with their treatment and recovery. We also use therapeutic play to help your child cope with the stress, fear, and confusion that can occur during a hospital experience.
* These are services typically found at specialized pediatric hospitals, but we offer them for your family here, close to home.
When to Bring Your Child to the ER
Conditions we frequently see children for at the ER include:
- Asthma attacks and respiratory problems
- Broken bones
- Burns, cuts, or other wounds
- Diabetes complications
- Digestion problems
- Fever for infants under 2 months old
- Sports injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Thoughts of hurting themselves or others
- Vomiting or diarrhea that won't seem to stop
What to Expect
We know this can be a stressful time. We've streamlined the process for your visit, including:
- Registration. When you arrive at the pediatric emergency room, you check in and provide information like your address and phone number.
- Triage. A triage nurse asks you questions about your child's illness or injury, checks your child's temperature and weight, and briefly examines your child. We make sure a provider sees children with life-threatening conditions right away.
- Our waiting area. You remain in the waiting area until a provider is available to examine your child. Please understand patients may not be seen in the same order of their arrival. Patients with the most serious illnesses and injuries will usually be given priority.
- The exam. We'll bring you and your child into a treatment area, where our expert team cares for your child. Depending on your child's condition, your doctor may order a blood test, x-rays or other tests that help diagnose. We explain each test to you first.
- Discharge. When your child's care is complete, we give you instructions about any care you may need to provide at home.
- Admission to the hospital. For children who need additional care, we have a pediatric inpatient unit at LH AAMC.
The pediatric ER sees all patients, regardless of whether you have health insurance. If you are a self-pay patient, we can connect you to government programs that may help with your health care costs. Plus, our billing department can work with you on payment plans.
Don't let your ability to pay keep you from seeking the emergency care you need.
We provide medically necessary services to everyone, no matter your ability to pay. Call our Financial Counseling office at 443-481-6500 or learn more about payment options.