The Department of Emergency Medicine provides outstanding emergency care to all patients. Our emergency medicine specialists care for over 120,000 patients per year. The Department of Emergency Medicine specializes in the care of all emergencies and is home to one of the largest and most competitive Emergency Medicine Residency Training Programs in the country.
As the busiest Level I Trauma Center in Chicago, major trauma victims are cared for by emergency medicine and trauma specialists in the Trauma Resuscitation area. Pediatric emergencies are cared for in our ‘no wait’ Pediatric Emergency Department where our pediatric emergency medicine specialists provide outstanding patient care in a safe and child focused environment.
Clinically, we strive to provide comprehensive emergency care to all of our patients. As a Joint Commission approved Stroke Center, the emergency department’s care is closely coordinated with the neurologist and intensivists for patients who present with signs or symptoms of a stroke. Since our invasive cardiologist are available 24 hours per day seven days per week, patients suffering a heart attack can receive rapid and definitive care when they present to the emergency room.
The Department of Emergency Medicine has a 25 bed rapid diagnosis and treatment unit adjacent to the emergency room that focuses on the expeditious care of patients suffering from chest pain, pneumonia, skin infections, asthma and kidney infections. Emergency care for patients suffering from HIV related illness is closely linked with the Ruth M. Rothstein Core Center. The hospital cares for a large number of cancer patients and the emergency department provides emergency care for these patients in close cooperation with their oncologists.
The Department of Emergency is a resource hospital in the Chicago EMS-Paramedic System. As a resource hospital, the Department directs paramedic activities in the Chicago Fire Department Ambulances and is responsible for teaching and updating Chicago Fire Department paramedic protocols.
The Division of Toxicology, the home of the Toxikon Consortium, provides specialized toxicology services to patients in the Cook County Health and Hospital System for patients who present with overdoses or with exposures to toxic substances. Our toxicologists provide primary medical back up for the Illinois Poison Center. The Division of Toxicology sponsors one of the most competitive Toxicology Fellow training programs in the nation and trains emergency medicine specialists from across the Midwest.
The Department also provides Emergency Ultrasound services within the emergency department and puts rapid and lifesaving ultrasound technology at the emergency physicians fingertips. The combined Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship program with Rush University Medical Center provides a cutting edge training environment for the ultrasound fellows and emergency medicine residents.
The Department of Emergency Medicine Simulation Center provides advanced hands on training environment for residents and students as they complete their medical training within the hospital. Research activities focus in on disaster preparedness, health economics, patient safety, emergency ultrasound, observation medicine, cardiac resuscitation, and sepsis care.