Emergency Services

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro's specially trained Emergency Medicine team provides the utmost in emergency health care. Our board-certified Emergency Medicine physicians possess a wealth of experience and provide quick, effective, and compassionate treatment of injuries and illnesses.

Our Emergency department features health care providers, specialty-trained nurses and support staff well equipped to diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses and injuries which can range from a heart attack or stroke, to an automobile accident or the flu.

In 2009, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro passed a rigorous set of standards to qualify as a designated Stroke Center. This designation means that our Stroke Care Center follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. We have a highly skilled and dedicated stroke team on standby around the clock, ready to immediately treat any stroke patient who comes through our doors.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro's SART (Sexual Assault Rape Team) Center, part of our Emergency Department, provides medical, emotional, legal care and support for sexually assaulted victims.

Evenings and weekends are traditionally the busiest times for Emergency Department. The Emergency Department at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro's Fast Track System provides immediate quality care for those patients suffering minor emergencies during peak times.

Patients with less urgent medical conditions, such as sprains or lacerations, receive treatment from a physician's assistant (PA) or a nurse practitioner (NP) in our "Fast Track" area. Therefore, some patients may be seen before you, but this is in an effort to provide everyone with the most effective care in the timeliest fashion. Fast Track benefits all patients by freeing up beds in the urgent care area and decreasing waiting time for less urgent cases. The Emergency Department physician reviews all Fast Track cases prior to discharge.

When To Call 9-1-1

Some people are afraid to call 911 because they are unsure whether their medical condition or complaint rises to the level of an emergency. Calling a physician for advice is a good place to start, but physicians aren't always readily available and many will end up telling patients to call 911 if it is a true health emergency.

There are specific conditions that should not wait for a call back from the family doctor before calling 911. These medical conditions are time sensitive -- waiting too long could have serious consequences, even death. Additionally, there are protocols in place to ease the transition from the ambulance to the hospital emergency department. A family physician will probably not have the tools necessary to treat life-threatening events in his or her office.

When experiencing one of the following conditions, call 911 immediately:

  • Anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction)
  • Bloody diarrhea with weakness
  • Chest pain (see heart attack)
  • Coma (unresponsive victim)
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Drug overdose
  • Heart attack
  • Heat stroke
  • Shortness of breath

Important Numbers to Know

  • Ambulance / Fire / Police 911
  • Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673
  • YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Program 310-764-1403
  • Domestic Violence and Emotional Abuse (CAVA) 310-241-4353

When a situation requires police response but is not an emergency, call 1-877-ASK-LAPD or Spanish Line 213-485-4333.

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