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Emergency care

Emergency care is the treatment of emergent medical conditions. It is generally performed in an emergency room, but can also refer to treatment in an ambulance. In addition to life-threatening conditions, emergency medicine physicians may treat patients with injuries or infections.

Emergency room (ER) in Uptown Denver

When sudden mishaps or illnesses happen, you deserve fast, quality care.

At Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, our Denver emergency doctors care for adults and children 24/7. With short wait times, our experienced doctors treat a broad variety of conditions. We're here for you when you need it most.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free medical advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free medical advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Conditions and symptoms we treat

Our ER specialists treat a variety of symptoms and conditions, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic reaction
  • Blood loss
  • Bone fracture
  • Certain behavioral disorders
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Emergency medicine
  • Heart conditions
  • High fever
  • Nausea
  • Organ failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Poisoning
  • Spider bite
  • Stroke
  • Virus

ER services we offer

At our hospital, we offer advanced emergency care. Our goal is to provide accurate diagnoses and effective treatments that meet the needs of you and your family. Our board-certified emergency physicians are available 24/7 to address your questions and provide continued care throughout your visit.

Features of our ER

To provide exceptional care, our ER includes:

  • Cardiac and stroke alert programs
  • Coordination with local EMS to alert our team of a cardiac emergency, allowing us to offer rapid heart and stroke care
  • Onsite, cardiac catheterization lab and laboratory services
  • Advanced imaging, including:
    • Computerized tomography (CT) scans
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • Ultrasounds
  • Rapid detection and treatment of sepsis

Pediatric emergency room

Our pediatricians offer 24/7 care when your child needs it most. Our 24-hour pediatric ER is conveniently located within Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center. Our location is one of five children's ERs operating in partnership with Rocky Mountain Children's Hospital.

Our kid-friendly ER has child-sized technology and pediatric specialists specially trained to treat kids and their growing bodies with their perspectives in mind.

Medical advice available around-the-clock

When your doctor's office is closed, our Nurse Advice Line can answer your questions. If you are in the Denver metro area, call us at (303) 563-3300 or if you are outside of Denver, call us at (877) 647-7440. For medical emergencies, always call 911.

When to go to the ER

Sometimes in the middle of a situation, you may be uncertain if you need to come to the ER. Use these resources to help you decide.

Conditions that may need ER treatment

If you have a condition that, without treatment, may cause you serious discomfort or complications, go to the closest ER as soon as possible. If you need help deciding, our Nurse Advice Line is here to answer questions, call us at (877) 647-7440.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

Symptoms or conditions that should be treated in an ER include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Broken bones
  • Certain behavioral health issues
  • Chest pain
  • Concussion or head trauma
  • Heart attack
  • Open wounds
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular accidents)
  • Trouble breathing

For more information, you can also view our guide on when to go to the ER.

ER vs urgent care?

Figuring out whether you or a loved one needs emergency care or urgent care may not be easy, especially if symptoms appear serious.

Urgent care centers typically provide treatment for commonplace sicknesses and injuries, such as flu symptoms and ankle sprains. Most urgent care clinics, however, are not able to treat some of the more serious conditions listed above.

Our children's ER tour

We offer pediatric emergency specialists available 24/7, a separate entrance, convenient parking and an average wait time of six minutes. We're ready to care for your little one or teen.