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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 in Aurora, Colorado

We understand some things just can't wait.

When the unexpected occurs, you can count on The Medical Center of Aurora's emergency room (ER) and emergency medicine teams for quick, expert care. Our ER doctors are available 24/7 to ensure you receive high-quality treatment for everything from heart attacks to traumatic injuries.

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.

Emergency conditions we treat

Our experienced, dedicated emergency care physicians treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic reactions
  • Blood loss
  • Bone fractures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Falls
  • Heart conditions
  • Nausea
  • Organ failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Poisoning
  • Seizures
  • Spider bites
  • Traumas
  • Viruses

Emergency medical services we offer

Our ER doctors are equipped to handle almost any emergency medical condition. Additionally, if you need higher levels of care for life-threatening emergencies, we offer a Level II Trauma Center.

Features of our emergency department

Our emergency room has been recognized as a Chest Pain Center of Excellence and has Primary Stroke Center Plus Certification. We provide you with access to medical specialists who are trained in stabilization during urgent situations.

Our multispecialty team includes:

  • Cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Chaplains, social workers and case managers
  • Critical care nurses
  • Emergency medicine doctors and surgeons
  • ER technicians and X-ray technicians
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists
  • Plastic surgeons and oral-maxillofacial surgeons
  • Radiologists
  • Trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses
Behavioral health treatment

Additionally, our hospital is equipped to provide advanced behavioral health care. If you or a loved one is experiencing self-destructive behavior, our ER doctors can provide an evaluation and consultation.

Seek medical attention immediately for:

  • Ingestion of toxic substances
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Severe depression
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings
  • Self-inflicted wounds
Obstetrical-gynecological (OB/GYN) emergency care

We offer an OB/GYN ER in the obstetrics unit on our hospital's second floor. Our OB/GYN ER is staffed by obstetric and gynecological physicians and nurse practitioners to provide our patients expert care when they need it most.

Telemedicine emergency care

As HealthONE facilities, all of our ER locations have 24/7 access to an extensive network of stroke and behavioral health experts through our telemedicine program.

Using a telemedicine camera and monitoring system, these specialized physicians can instantly evaluate and diagnose patients, working with the on-site ER physician to initiate treatment. Telemedicine technology brings advanced stroke and mental health care from all over the region, straight to your evaluation.

Our emergency center locations

We offer three convenient locations that serve the southeast Denver area, including:

Main campus ER

As a Level II Trauma Center, our main campus ER is equipped to handle all types of conditions in our 24/7 ER. We have advanced technology to ensure quick, precise care.

We also have a rapid medical evaluation program that allows patients with less severe conditions to receive care quickly and safely, shortening their hospital visits. Rapid medical evaluation is available seven days a week from 11:00am to 9:00pm.

If your provider prescribes medication during your ER visit, we offer the Outpatient Pharmacy at The Medical Center of Aurora. Here, you may order your medications, and we'll deliver them to your hospital room before discharge. We hope this service makes your transition home from the ER easier and more convenient.

Insurance information

We accept most insurance providers and welcome Kaiser Permanente members. For more information, call our emergency department.

When to go to the ER

If you have a condition that, without treatment, may cause you serious discomfort or complications, call 911 or go to the closest ER as soon as possible.

Symptoms to watch for

While some symptoms are not necessarily emergencies by themselves, in many cases, when in conjunction with other symptoms, they can become problematic. If conditions escalate to an emergency, some symptoms or conditions that should be treated in an ER include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Behavioral Health Emergencies
  • Broken bone
  • Chest pain
  • Concussion or head trauma
  • Heart attack
  • Open wound
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Stroke
  • 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.

If you are unsure if you need to go to the ER, review our helpful guide on when to go to an ER or urgent care.