Emergency Care

Open 24 hours per day, 365 days a year, Stamford Memorial Hospital provides 24-hour emergency service.  Our facility provides initial evaluation, stabilization, diagnostic testing, and treatment.  Transfer to a higher level of care will be made if needed.

When you arrive at our emergency room, a trained nurse will examine you to determine how serious your medical condition is (triage).  The physician will classify your medical condition as:

  • Emergent – having a life threatening illness or injury
  • Urgent – a stable condition, but needing help as quickly as possible
  • Non-urgent – a stable condition requiring minimal treatment and medical attention


American Heart Association

CPR for Adults and Children

  • Shake the victim’s shoulder and shout, “Are you OK?” If there is no response, have someone call 911. If you are with an adult victim, make the call yourself; with a child victim, do 2 minutes of CPR, then call 911.
  • If the victim is not breathing normally and you know CPR with rescue breathing and feel confident about providing rescue breaths, do as trained.
  • If you are untrained or uncomfortable about giving rescue breaths, then provide compressions only.

New Texas Child Passenger Safety Law
Effective 9/1/2009

  • Make sure all children in your vehicle are properly secured. Use a child safety seat appropiate for their age, weight, and height.
  • A child up to 8 years old, unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches, must ride in a child safety seat.
  • Most children between ages 4 to 8 will need a booster seat to be safe and comply with the law. Safety experts recommend that all children under age 13 ride in the backseat. Adults and children must be buckled up whether they are in the front or back seat.
  • State law requires that you always follow the manufacturer’s insutructions.

Concussion in Children
Signs and Symptons of a Brain Injury

The signs of a brain injury (concussion) can be subtle. You should be alert for symptons that may appear immediately and others that may not show up for days, weeks, or even months after the injury.

Dail 911 immediately if the child:

  • Can’t stop vomiting
  • Is not speaking clearly, seems confused or doesn’t know you
  • Has trouble with vision (seeing double, blurry vision) or has pupils that are different sizes
  • Has severe headache
  • Has blood or clear fluid from one nose or ears
  • Has trouble with balance or walking or
  • Has a seizure (convulsions, eyes fluttering, body going stiff, staring into space or a sudden onset of a fixed stare)