House Call: Treating Pediatric Emergencies

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Accidents and unexpected health emergencies are an unavoidable part of childhood, and getting your child the medical attention they need when sudden illnesses or accidents occur is critical.

Severe fevers, respiratory illnesses, allergic reactions, lacerations and broken bones are common emergencies that occur with children that may need immediate care.  Our area is fortunate, as Cone Health has a pediatric emergency department located at Moses Cone Hospital dedicated to treating emergency health concerns that occur in children throughout the community. This specially-equipped department is staffed by an exceptional team of pediatric emergency medicine-trained physicians, pediatric nurses, respiratory therapist and medical technicians. Patient cases are actively supported by consultant physicians from pediatric critical care, surgical specialties and pediatric sub-specialties.

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If the illness or injury is critical and needs intensive medical support and monitoring, the pediatric emergency department medical team will stabilize the patient and coordinate care into Cone Health’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Board-certified physicians are on duty around the clock to treat traumatic injuries, severe asthma, respiratory distress, diabetes, seizures and other critical conditions.

If a serious, sudden health concern arises in your child, such as severe injury, trauma or unconsciousness, it is important to call 911 and have your local emergency response services transport them to the proper care.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Ross Kuhner is the medical director of Cone Health’s Pediatric Emergency Department located at Moses Cone Hospital.  Dr. Kuhner is a 2003 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  He completed his residency in pediatrics at University of North Carolina Hospitals and completed a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.