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Let's Talk About a Visit to the Emergency Department

Date: 1988
Format: VHS
Company/Organization: PBS Video
Purchase/Stream: Amazon (VHS)


Produced by Family Communications, Inc., 1986. Distributed by PBS VIDEO.
©1988 Public Broadcasting Service.


Mister Rogers arrives at the house and describes how sometimes people need to go see a doctor in emergency situations. He invites viewers along on a trip to the see the various areas of the Neighborhood hospital's emergency department.

At the hospital, Mister Rogers begins in the triage room where a girl is being examined after falling and bumping her head.

In the waiting room, Mister Rogers explains that patients sometimes have to wait to see doctors when they are busy and that attention must be given to people in more urgent situations. Children can be heard crying in the waiting room and Mister Rogers mentions that it is okay to cry when you are feeling bad.

Next, Mister Rogers visits the x-ray room at the hospital where he learns about how x-rays are taken and read. The doctor clarifies that x-rays cannot see a person's thoughts. A boy comes in to have an x-ray taken of his arm as Mister Rogers observes.

Mister Rogers explains that there are some places in the hospital emergency department where parents cannot stay with their children -- but children are never left alone.

Lastly, he talks about cuts -- some being minor and others needing stitches. Talking with a doctor, Mister Rogers learns how stitches help a deep cut to heal. The doctor mentions that some children have difficulty holding still and need to be placed in a papoose. Mister Rogers tries out the papoose for himself.

Concluding at the house, Mister Rogers talks about how grown-ups want children to be careful and stay healthy and safe.




While the title shown at the beginning of this video is "Let's Talk About a Visit to the Emergency Department," the title shown at the end is "Let's Talk About the Hospital." Not to be confused with the similarly titled Let's Talk About Going to the Hospital.


Throughout the video, I Like to Be Told occasionally plays in the background.

The hospital footage used in this video can also be found on Episode 1502.

Episode Credits

This program was produced in cooperation with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Department Nurses Association

A production of Family Communications © 1982 Family Communications, Inc.

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