There are two factors that determine the age limits for patients seen in our EDs.
First, the facility's state certificate of need and license sets the age of patients we can generally serve. For pediatric hospitals this can be either 18 or 21.
Second, as part of the trauma certification process, the state sets the age limits for trauma patients; up to 15 years go to a pediatric center.
Jeffrey Linzer Sr., MD, FAAP, FACEP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Associate Medical Director for Compliance
EPG/Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Lead Physician, ICD-10-CM Transition Core Leadership Team
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
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From: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Marc Lieberman
Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2013 7:55 AM
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Subject: Age Cut Offs
I'm trying to get a sense of age cut offs that others use in the pediatric emergency department:
1) Up to what age do you see in the pediatric emergency department?
2) Do you use a different age cut off for medical patients and trauma patients?
If people could let me know (and where they work) that would be great!
Thanks, Marc Lieberman MD
UMASS Memorial Medical Center
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