Emergency care

Care teams at Studer Family Children’s Hospital ERs throughout Northwest Florida provide 24/7 pediatric emergency care for your child and family.

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Emergency care at Studer Family Children’s Hospital

Our child-friendly pediatric ERs at Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart deliver 24/7 emergency care with an onsite Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Your child’s pediatric emergency care team specializes in treating serious illness and injury including chest pain, abdominal pain, concussion, broken brokes, and more. We are backed by leading cardiovascular, surgical, neuro, orthopedic and trauma specialists. And, with our transport helicopter, we bring lifesaving care to children and families across the region. We listen to quickly understand your child’s health needs.

Advanced imaging may be used to help diagnose your child’s condition. Specially trained care teams provide diagnostics, such as X-ray, ultrasound, MRI and CT scans. Then, we provide care that’s right for your child. Our board-certified emergency care doctors, nurses and care teams are trained in pediatric emergency protocols and deliver advanced lifesaving care – so your child has the right care at the right time.

If your child needs trauma care, your family is connected to pediatric trauma care at Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola.

Pediatric emergency care for serious illness and injuries

Don't delay getting the emergency care your child needs. If you notice your child’s illness becoming more severe or if your child has a serious injury, it may be time to take your child to the ER.

Signs that your child needs emergency care include:

  • Bites and stings
  • Blue face and lips or pale coloring
  • Chest pain
  • High fever
  • Major injury or broken bone
  • Seizure
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea
  • Trouble breathing
  • Other serious illness or injury

If your child has a severe illness or injury and needs to stay in the hospital, your child may be transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Studer Family Children’s Hospital. The PICU provides the highest level of care within the hospital – with highly experienced critical care doctors, nurses and care teams that care for your child’s advanced needs. This may include diagnosis, monitoring and delivery of specialized medications and treatments.

Caring for the whole child

Certified child life specialists are part of our care team. These specialists are experienced in helping children manage fears, stress and other challenges while they are receiving care in the hospital and in our clinics. Our specialists meet with your child and family and work with you to create a care plan that supports your child’s emotional and developmental health.

Connected to pediatric specialty care

Your child’s care doesn’t end when your family leaves the ER. Before your child leaves, we connect you with the right specialists and follow-up care at Studer Family Children’s Hospital, if needed. Care might include imaging, pharmacy, pediatric rehabilitation, pediatric heart care, pediatric neurology, pediatric surgery, pediatric cancer care, pediatric orthopedic care, and more. Our goal is to make sure your child and family are connected to all the services you will need to help your child recover and get back to their daily life.

If your child is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or call 911.

Emergency care