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DECIDING TO COME TOTHE EMERGENCYDEPARTMENT#BestLifefor every child and youthApril 2020 | Form P5725E | This reference is for educational purposes only.If you have any questions, ask your health-care provider.It’s not always easy to decide if your child really needs to come to the Emergency Department (ED). Weunderstand that you are worried when your child is sick or injured and may decide to come to the EDMany visits to the ED are due to minor illnesses that can be easily managed in a doctor’s office or clinic.Family doctors know their patients best, and have the skill and resources to manage most problems.Talk to your family doctor first.4 out of 10visits to the ED are for minorillnesses your doctor or clinic can manage.Help keep the Emergency Department for emergenciesThe most seriously ill or injured children and youth receive care first and are the reason that we haveEmergency Departments. Children and youth with less serious problems will wait longer. Our triagenurses assess how serious the problem is, and decide how quickly patients need to be seen by thedoctor.

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