Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia Services
Pediatric Receiving Services
Einstein’s Emergency Department is a pediatric receiving hospital, caring for approximately 12,000 children a year. We work closely with St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. A recent grant from the 30th Anniversary Small Miracles Golf Tournament allowed the Emergency Department to acquire state-of-the art technology to help care for pediatric patients
When stroke symptoms arise, time is of the essence. Our Emergency Department works closely with our neurology team to deliver consistently superior outcomes. To make the most of every second, paramedics notify our Emergency Department stroke team from the ambulance. Patients are met at the Emergency Department door, evaluated immediately, and taken directly to our Emergency Department CT scanner. After rapid diagnosis, acute stroke patients are evaluated to receive thrombolytic "clot busting" drug therapy or interventional mechanical clot removal (thrombectomy).
Comprehensive Cardiology for Interventional Cardiology and STEMI
For people experiencing a heart attack, Einstein’s Emergency Medicine physicians measure time in terms of its effect on both brain and heart muscle. From the first sign of a heart attack, care teams need to act quickly. Utilizing best practice methods, paramedics perform EKGs in the ambulance and transmit them ahead to the hospital. By the time the patient arrives, the team is already in place, ready to treat and stabilize the patient.
Einstein has one of the largest toxicology divisions on the east coast, and our board certified toxicology and addiction medicine physicians are frequently called for consultations by local hospitals, ambulance corps and, through the City of Philadelphia Poison Control Center, individual patients. Our toxicologists provide expertise not just to the Emergency Department but also to patients throughout the hospital. We also see patients with toxicologic and addiction concerns in our outpatient clinic at Elkins Park Medical Center.
Emergency Psychiatric Care (Crisis Response Center)
Einstein provides intake screening and assessment services for people needing emergency psychiatric care. After screening is completed, patients are escorted to our Crisis Response Center at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia for further treatment and evaluation.
Einstein’s Emergency Department provides continued care and observation of patients to determine whether an inpatient admission is necessary. For patients who need a bit more time for therapies to work or symptoms to resolve our team will continue your Emergency Department treatment and observe your symptoms for improvement in our 15 bed Observation Unit. Our team of doctors, physician assistants and nurses are trained to expedite your care with frequent assessments and interventions. Our goal in this unit is to make you feel better as soon as possible so that you are ready to go home or determine that you need more intensive inpatient care. We strive to make that determination within 24 hours of your placement in Observation.
Einstein’s Emergency Services extends healthcare by supervising paramedics and other emergency service providers, who provide in-home follow-up visits to patients with congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, hyperglycemia, hypertension, cellulitis, abscesses or other issues. If you are interested in a home follow-up, complete the referral form. You will receive a call by the next business day from our paramedic partners.
The Einstein Trauma Intervention Program provides support to people ages 14–30 who have been violently injured. Intervention specialists give support for both physical and psychological needs and assist with ongoing coordination of care and navigation of resources. The aim is to guide young people through the recovery process to a future of healing and hope.
In partnership with the Lutheran Settlement House, Einstein’s STOP Intimate Partner Violence program provides free and confidential on-site counseling for patients and staff members who are victims of partner abuse. Learn more.
The Physicians at Einstein Medical Center will assess patients with Opioid Use Disorder for appropriateness of use of Medication Assisted Therapy. If warranted and accepted by patients we will initiate treatment in the Emergency Department and provide a care pathway for continued treatment through affiliated outpatient treatment programs.
The Emergency Department offers Hepatitis C screening for high risk patients and HIV screening to all patients. Hepatitis results are confirmed by our lab and called to patients to arrange follow up with our expert liver doctors. A rapid HIV test provides results prior to discharge from the ED allowing for time to arrange outpatient treatment and follow up as necessary with our Infectious Disease specialists. We are also able to provide PreP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) for the prevention of HIV transmission in patients likely to have contact with HIV + sexual partners.
Einstein Medical Center Emergency Department has a partnership with a legal services provider to assist patients with legal concerns regarding housing/landlord tenant issues, benefits concerns, or other legal matters.
Emergency Medical Services
Einstein’s commitment to care extends beyond hospital walls. Our board-certified Emergency Medical Services team works with local, regional and national emergency services to provide guidance, education and expertise where needed, including for 911 operators and ambulance personnel. In addition, EMS works with residents and hospital staff to provide training for critical emergency situations.
The Einstein EMS team plans and practices for continual process improvement for active shooter situations, mass casualty events and other emergency incidents.
As a state-certified Medical Command Facility, Einstein’s field response team provides interventional medical orders to emergency medical technicians and paramedics or public health research networks while they are caring for patients in real time. Our physicians will assist by phone, video conference or, when required, in person, accompanying fire departments or EMS teams, setting up on-site or field triage facilities and assisting with unusual rescue incidents.
Einstein’s Emergency Medicine physicians aid local, regional and national urban rescue teams. They will search flood waters, fallen buildings and other disaster zones, then aid in transporting all injured people to triage centers or Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs).
Einstein’s Disaster Response Team (DRT) responds and directs medical personnel to neutralize damage or injuries caused by any emergency incident, such as fire, explosion, disease outbreak, long-term power outages, weather-related events, spills or attacks.
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia has streamlined its Emergency Department process, working diligently to reduce wait times and give patients an array of options for treatment, based on the level of care required.
Fast Track offers high quality, walk-in medical care for minor, non-urgent healthcare needs.
Rapid Assessment is a process that is in operation during our busiest hours of the day. A board certified Emergency Physician will see patients prior to a bed being available in order to initiate diagnostic testing or therapeutic interventions as soon as possible.
Split-Flow is a system of care designed to improve movement through the Emergency Department. Patients are assessed upon arrival and then directed to areas based on severity of their condition. Those with less critical conditions are sent to a treatment area where they will be treated without the need for a full exam room. Beds are reserved for those who require emergency procedures.