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You can't predict when a sudden, even life-threatening illness or injury will occur. But you can depend on rapid, high-quality emergency care at Maui Health should you need it.

We provide emergency medical services 24 hours a day at three locations.

Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Department

The Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) ER is a Hawaii State designated Level III Trauma Center for advanced trauma care for major injuries. We're also a designated Primary Stroke Center. This means that our team can provide rapid treatments for a stroke right here on Maui. Quick treatment can help limit the risk of permanent disability.

We provide care for people of all ages, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Our ER sees more than 50,000 visits a year. This means that the providers and nurses who work there provide a high level of care every day.

Notable features of the ER include:

Comprehensive care for traumatic injuries

We're the island's only trauma center. And you can rest assured we have what it takes to care for you right here on Maui, even if you are seriously injured in a car crash or any other type of accident.

When a trauma alert activates, all the necessary specialists and clinical staff are ready to quickly treat the arriving patient, who might have a brain injury or some other severe trauma.

The team that mobilizes includes a specially trained trauma surgeon. The surgeon is supported by trauma nurses as well as providers trained in neurosurgery; plastic and reconstructive surgery; cardiothoracic surgery; vascular surgery; and orthopedic surgery.

They work alongside many other MMMC experts to provide a high level of trauma care for the community.

Kula Hospital Emergency Department

Kula Hospital's ER offers urgent and limited rural emergency care for Maui's growing up-country population and may be an option if your medical problem is non-life-threatening. This means you don't have to drive to MMMC to get care for situations such as:

The Kula ER staff is also equipped to administer IV fluids and medications, among other treatments.

And because Kula is less busy than MMMC, wait times are typically much shorter for our Upcountry community. On weekdays, you might even have little to no wait.

Lanai Community Hospital Emergency Department

You also can get emergency care on Lanai.

A doctor who is board-certified and residency-trained in emergency medicine will see you in the Lanai Community Hospital ER at any time, day or night. The ER has access to certain imaging and lab services, which helps the staff quickly evaluate and address a variety of urgent medical conditions.

Lanai Community Hospital's ER provides 24-hour urgent and limited rural emergency care and can treat illnesses and injuries that typically are less severe and complex.

What to expect at a Maui Health ER

When you arrive at one of our ERs, a highly skilled team will efficiently assess your condition and provide care as quickly as possible.

You also will be cared for with compassion. We know that no one wants to be in the ER. An emergency visit can be scary. Our caring team is there to support you and your loved ones.

We treat you like part of our family. In fact, many people we care for are our family and friends. It's one more reason we always strive to go the extra mile for everyone we help.

First aid essentials

Minor injuries can be relieved with a properly stocked first aid kit.
Essentials for your first aid kit. Make yours.
reviewed 1/3/2020

First aid essentials. How to make a kit fit for first aid

When you hurt yourself, you don’t always need to go to the doctor or a hospital. Sometimes all you need is a little first aid. That’s where a first aid kit comes in handy. It contains most of the items you might need to provide basic aid. It’s a good idea to keep a well-stocked first aid kit in your home and in your car. But what should you keep inside the kit itself?

Here are some essentials for a well-stocked first aid kit.

DRESSINGS AND BANDAGES

  • Gauze roll.
  • Sterile gauze bandages.
  • Eye pad.
  • Adhesive tape roll.
  • Elastic bandage for sprains.
  • Sterile cotton balls and swabs.

OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINES

  • Pain reliever and fever medicines. (Remember not to use aspirin for kids younger than 18.)
  • Antibiotic ointment.
  • Sterile saline eyewash.
  • Calamine lotion for stings or poison ivy.
  • Hydrocortisone cream, ointment or lotion for itching.
  • Antihistamine for allergic reactions.
  • Nasal decongestant.
  • Anti-nausea medicine to treat motion sickness and other types of nausea.
  • Anti-diarrhea medicine.
  • Antacid for upset stomach.
  • Laxative to treat constipation.
  • Special medicines for members of your household, such as asthma inhalers.

TOOLS

  • Safety pins to fasten splints and bandages.
  • A suction device to flush out wounds.
  • Aluminum finger splint.
  • Syringe and medicine spoon for giving medicine.
  • Thermometer.
  • Tweezers to remove ticks, insect stingers and splinters.
  • Scissors.

PROTECTION

  • Non-latex gloves (size large).
  • A breathing barrier for giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • An emergency blanket.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Antiseptic wipes.
  • Instant cold compress.
  • First aid manual and list of emergency contacts.

KIT TIPS

Whether you create your first aid kit or buy a pre-made one at the store, keep these tips in mind:

  • Tailor your kit to meet your family’s needs.
  • Check the kit regularly.
  • Replace items as you use them or they expire.
  • Use the kit for minor medical issues—call 911 in an emergency.
  • Consider labeling emergency contacts in your phone, or downloading an ICE (for "in case of emergency") app.

Sources: AARP; American Academy of Family Physicians; American Academy of Pediatrics; American Red Cross

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