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Emergency Department
630 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: (614) 722-2000

Know What to Expect When Entering the ED

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, patients, families and visitors to the Emergency Department will be screened by our security officers prior to entering the ED. What does this involve?

  • Each individual will pass through our metal detector (this is similar to the airport, but faster)
  • Officers will review all bags for items that could be used as a weapon (pocket knives, multi-tools, etc.)
  • For those coming to the ED by ambulance, a security officer may use a hand wand or ask those with the patient to come to the metal detector
  • Security officers are trained to identify critical patients and to express their admittance; often times a hand wand will be used in these situations

Our goal is to identify and remove items that could be used as weapons. Should the security officers need to remove any items, those items will be held during the patient and families’ stay and available for pick-up later. Due to the lack of storage, items can only be held for seven days and then they will be discarded.  We appreciate your patience and help creating the safest possible surroundings for our patients and families.

Patient Photos

Nationwide Children’s is adding patient photographs to our electronic medical record as an additional form of patient identification as well as an extra layer of patient safety. Photos may be taken at your next visit to a clinic, Urgent Care, Emergency Department or during an inpatient admission. For patients between the ages of 6 months and 6 years, the photo should be updated every six months. For patients 6 or older, the photo should be updated annually. Hopefully this news helps our families better plan for their next visit.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000