If you have an emergency, call 911.
The Children’s ER at Renown Children’s Hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With pediatric specialists, child-sized equipment and family-centered care, it’s the first and only facility of its kind in Reno-Tahoe.
The fun atmosphere and vibrant colors help decrease the anxiety that accompanies traumatic emergency situations, making children feel more comfortable during their stay.
When to Go to the Children's ER
- Allergic reactions
- Asthma or severe shortage of breath
- Choking or poisoning
- Coughing up/vomiting blood
- Fainting/confusion or seizures
- Fractures or broken bones
- Head injuries
- Severe bleeding
Children's ER Care Team
At the Children’s ER at the Children’s Hospital, your child will receive personalized care from dedicated pediatric emergency doctors, pediatric nurses and Child Life Specialists.
Dr. Gassen has taught at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNSOM) in an adjunct faculty position, where he received a number of honors including Pediatric Attending of the Year, Outstanding Hospitalist, and Educator of the Year.
- Providing developmentally appropriate information abut medical procedures and events
- Providing play and coping opportunities
- Preparing for same-day surgery
What to Expect when Visiting the Children’s ER
Upon arrival, a nurse will ask some questions about the child's medical history and the reason for the visit. The nurse will also take the child’s pulse, temperature, blood pressure and breathing rate.
You’ll meet the ER doctor in a children’s treatment room. The doctor will ask more questions and perform another exam. The doctor will talk to you about the illness or injury, and may need to take some lab tests. These usually include blood or urine samples, X-rays or CT scans.
If the doctor ordered tests, he or she will review the results, and then meet with you again to discuss them.
When it’s time to go home, you’ll receive aftercare instructions and will need to schedule a follow-up appointment with your child’s primary care doctor.