At the Loyola Pediatric Emergency Department, we keep the focus on children and their families. Every year, 15,000 children and adolescents seek care in the Loyola Emergency Department, which is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by board-certified pediatric-emergency and emergency-medicine physicians. All of our staff, nurses, doctors, and other health care professionals understand that children have special needs and require a different approach to care than adults do. Children and adolescents are cared for in patient rooms that are both child friendly and designed with up to date pediatric appropriate medical equipment. Because of our comprehensive pediatric services, Loyola University Medical Center is recognized by the state as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP).
Should your child need to be hospitalized and require critical care expertise, our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is staffed by board-certified Pediatric Intensive Care physicians. Our pediatric emergency patients also benefit from the presence of Loyola's Level I Trauma Center and the groundbreaking Loyola Burn Center.
Pediatric Fast Track
Loyola’s Emergency Department has a pediatric fast track to help parents and children spend minimal time in the waiting area. The fast track program is staffed with board-certified physicians and will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.
Fast track allows ED physicians to triage patients through the emergency room more quickly. Pediatric patients with lower acute illnesses will be sent to the fast track, and ED physicians will be able to focus on those who have more serious illnesses.
Critical Care Transport
The aeromedical Critical Care Transport Team is on call 24 hours a day to assist in the transport of critically ill children from outlying hospitals.
When to go to Emergency Care
Have some questions about the difference between Immediate Care and Emergency Care? Watch our video to learn more.