Emergency & Stroke Care

Each year, more than 25,000 individuals with emergent and urgent medical needs receive care in the 18-bed Emergency Department at Seton Medical Center. The Emergency Department is staffed around the clock by highly skilled, multi-lingual physicians and nurses who are specially trained to care for a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries in patients of all ages. (Note: Regardless of health insurance coverage, you may receive emergency medical care in the Emergency Department at Seton Medical Center.)

Primary Stroke Center
1900 Sullivan Ave., Daly City
(650) 991-6892
365 days a year | 24/7

Seton Medical Center has been designated a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, the leading accrediting body for hospitals in the U.S. Seton’s stroke program has earned the Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for exemplary care of stroke patients. The award recognizes Seton’s continuing success in adhering to scientifically proven care of stroke patients and compliance with rigorous quality measures to raise patient survival rates. If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

Read more about symptoms and risk factors of a stroke.

Preventing Medical Emergencies

There are steps we can take to prevent medical emergencies, starting with getting annual physicals and exercising regularly:

We can also help prevent emergencies by reducing risk factors that can be dangerous to our health:

  • keeping poisons and medications out of reach of children
  • driving carefully
  • never operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Childhood Emergencies

The emergency physicians at Seton Medical Center are trained in pediatric airway management, resuscitation of infants and other childhood emergencies.

Seek immediate medical help if your child exhibits any of the following warning signs of a medical emergency:

  • any significant change from normal behavior, such as confusion, decreasing responsiveness, excessive sleepiness, irritability, seizure, or strange or withdrawn behavior
  • severe headache or vomiting, especially following a head injury
  • uncontrolled bleeding
  • inability to stand up or unsteady walking
  • unconsciousness
  • abnormal or difficult breathing
  • skin or lips that look blue or purple
  • feeding or eating difficulties
  • increasing or severe, persistent pain
  • fever accompanied by change in behavior
  • severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea

Please bring your child’s medical history and any medications (in their original containers) with you to the Emergency Department. If your child has swallowed poison or any harmful medications, call poison control first at (800) 222-1222, and then bring the suspected poison or medication with your child to the Emergency Department.