One of the consistent requests R Baby has heard over the years is if we have an easy way for parents to find the right ER for their child. We are excited to announce R Baby has teamed up with the experts at EMNet at Massachusetts General Hospital to fund the pediatric version of the app, findERnow.
findERnow’s pediatric information will help parents and caregivers find the closest ERs and see which are more likely prepared for their child.
A recent EMSC (Emergency Medical Services for Children) Pediatric Readiness survey reveals that while there has been some improvement in pediatric emergency care, the fact remains that many ERs are not prepared to deal with pediatric emergencies.
As a result, parents are often not aware of the differences between ERs and have questions on where to go. EMNet surveyed all 5,000+ ERs in the country in order to update the findERnow app.
EMNet findERnow uses the smartphone’s GPS to quickly locate the user’s current location and the distance to the closest ER anywhere within the United States. Users can select the closest ER or another nearby ER in a map (or list format that can be found as an icon at the bottom of the home screen. ) By entering a zip code, you will be directed to the closet ER in the middle of that zip code. This function is great for travel and planning. It is best to allow the app to access your location for most accurate proximity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why can’t EMNet findERnow determine my location?
A. You must have 3G network access for EMNet findERnow to determine your location. The inability to determine your location is due to the lack of an internet connection and not the app itself.
Q. Why does EMNet findERnow have a different distance to the closest ER than Google maps?
A. Distances provided in EMNet findERnow are “line-of-sight” and represent the precise distance between your current location and the closest ER. Due to variability in available routes and the mode of transport selected (for example, walking vs. car), distances provided in the Google Maps directions may vary.
Q. What makes this different than a Google search?
A. Unlike a simple Google search, EMNet findERnow’s results are based on combined ER listings from multiple sources that have been confirmed by EMNet researchers. For more information on the process of confirming ER listings and refining their ER database, click here
Q. I am going on vacation and want to find the ERs closest to my destination before I leave. Can I search for them within EMNet findERnow?
A. Yes. You may search for destinations within the US by city and state, zip code, and by landmark (e.g., Fenway Park).
Q. How do I know if the closest ER is open?
A. All of the listed ERs are open 24/7. Since hours may change and hospitals may close, EMNet will update the app two times per year; March & September. These updates will allow them to remove those ERs that have closed and add new ERs that have opened. To make sure that the closest ER is open, you can click on the “More Information” button and then call the ER.
Q. Why can I not find my facility in EMNet findERnow?
A. All 24/7 emergency care facilities are listed in EMNet findERnow. If you believe that a facility meets these criteria but is not listed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and they will investigate further.
Please email email@example.com if you have any questions or issues with EMNet findERnow.