When a child eats or drinks something he or she is not supposed to, it can be very alarming, especially if you are unsure of the substance's contents. The most important step to take is to first get the item away from your child. Do not try to make your child vomit; this may cause more damage.

If your child shows minimal symptoms, call the poison center.

If your child is experiencing minimal or no symptoms, call the poison center first at (800) 222-1222. The poison center will be able to tell you the next steps to take to care for your child.

If your child has more severe symptoms, emergency care may be necessary.

Dial 911 for immediate medical care if your child's ingestion is accompanied by any of the following:

  • Your child does not look good
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures or convulsions

Keep medications and household products out of reach of children.

To avoid accidental ingestion of medications or household products, always make sure cabinets that contain cleaning solutions and medications are locked and out of your child's reach. Also, ensure that all visitors keep their medications, including over-the-counter drugs, out of reach.

Online ER Check-in

Patients can complete advance check-in to any of Wesley's four emergency rooms with a free mobile app available for Apple iPhones in iTunes and for Android Phones in the Google Play app Store. Patients can also complete advance registration at www.wesleyercheckin.com. Users simple select which Wesley facility they would like to go to and fill out a few required fields. The selected ER will be instantly notified, enabling the ER staff to better prepare for the patient's arrival. The app and website include the facilities' average wait times so patients can better plan their visit.

ER Average Wait Times

ER wait times are approximate and provided for informational purposes only. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

ER wait times represent a four-hour rolling average updated every 30 minutes and are defined as the time of patient arrival until the time the patient is greeted by a qualified medical professional. Patients are triaged at arrival and are seen by a qualified medical professional in priority order based on their presenting complaint and reason for visit.

The ER wait time represents the time it takes to see a qualified medical professional, defined as a doctor of medicine (MD), doctor of osteopathy (DO), physician assistant (PA) or advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP).

National average wait time is one hour, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HCA hospitals strive to beat the national average.

Ready Care

Wesley's main emergency department also provides Ready Care services, an “express lane” through the emergency department in a convenient, timely setting. These services are an alternative care route to the regular emergency department where treatment is determined on the severity of the patient's condition. Ready Care is ideal for patients who need immediate care for small emergencies, such as sprains, sore throats, ear infections and rashes. The service area is managed by providers trained in emergency medicine and is fully supervised by board-certified physicians. Patients are referred to the area through the regular emergency department.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact 911 or seek medical attention immediately.