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Health Feature: Kids and Emergency Care

Kids and Emergency Care

Emergency Care for Kids

When it comes to children, a level of unique and specialized care is necessary. “There are a number of considerations in children you have to focus on, whether dealing with an infant, a neonate (less than 28 days old), a child or an adolescent,” says Dr. James Pierog. “There are many different features that are obvious, as well as those from a physiological standpoint  that determine how their systems function,” says Dr. Pierog.

Read on to get more information on children’s specific needs and what to expect when visiting the emergency room.


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Virtual Tour of the Emergency Department

The Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department at CHOC Children’s is exclusively dedicated to the treatment of pediatric patients. Our 22,000‐square‐foot, full‐service emergency department is designed to meet the unique needs of children.

Dr. James Pierog

Dr. Pierog is the medical director of emergency medical services at CHOC Children's. He completed his internship in internal medicine and his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Medical Center. He served in the United States Army, achieving the rank of Captain as a General Medical Officer.

Kids Are Not Small Adults

In this edition of American Health Jounal, Dr. James Pierog, Medical Director of CHOC Emergency Department, speaks about the individiuals who are trained specifcally for the care of children, and how these child specialists are unique to a children's hospital. Dr. Pierog talks about why it's important to bring a child to an emergency department designed just for kids.