Dr. Patrick L Carolan MD, Emergency Physician
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Dr. Patrick L Carolan MD

Emergency Physician (Pediatric) | Pediatric Emergency Medicine

2525 Chicago Avenue South Childrens Hospitals Minneapolis MN, 55404



Dr. Patrick Carolan is a pediatric emergency medicine physician practicing in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Carolan specializes in providing care for critically ill and injured children. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physicians possess a vast amount of knowledge in areas such as neonatology, critical care and forensic pediatrics. Children involved in automobile accidents, child abuse or near-drowning episodes are frequent cases treated by pediatric emergency medicine physicians.

Board Certification

PediatricsAmerican Board of PediatricsABP- Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Provider Details

MaleEnglish 33 years of experience
Dr. Patrick L Carolan MD
Dr. Patrick L Carolan MD's Expert Contributions
  • Stomach pain?

    Hi, The abdominal symptoms that you describe could reflect a component of constipation, especially if the dark stools are hard or difficult to pass. If that is the case, a trial of Miralax which is available over the counter may help. The dosing that you would take would follow the recommended doses for an adult. If your symptoms persist, a visit with your primary care provider is a very reasonable next step. Fever, vomiting or progressive pain would all be reasons to be seen sooner rather than later. READ MORE

  • When is breathlessness an emergency?

    Shortness of breath that includes persistent cough, chest tightness, chest pain or fever should be evaluated. The severity of these symptoms would direct whether you should seek care in an urgent care setting or in an emergency department. READ MORE

  • What is the emergency treatment for low blood sugar?

    Simple sugar-based items are usually rapidly absorbed and should raise blood glucose levels within 5-15 minutes. These could include fruit juice - orange, apple, pineapple, cranberry. Honey is another option. Also candies like gummys are concentrated sugar and will also work quickly. READ MORE

  • What does the hospital do for allergic reactions?

    Dependent on your symptoms, treatments might include injectable epinephrine, antihistamines, inhaled medications and in some cases steroid medications. READ MORE

  • Is hypoxemia an emergency?

    Yes. If your blood oxygen saturation is low you should be evaluated. READ MORE

  • Is an allergic reaction considered an emergency?

    It depends on what symptoms you have. If you have known allergies and are experiencing hives alone you can take antihistamine (Zyrtec; cetirizine) and see if that helps to resolve symptoms. If you are experiencing any airway symptoms (lip, tongue or throat swelling or tightness, wheezing or chest tightness) if you are dizzy or lightheaded, you should self-administer your Epi pen and seek emergency care. READ MORE

  • Is high white blood count serious?

    An elevated WBC can be a marker for acute infection, inflammation or stress. It always has to interpreted within a context of clinical symptoms. By itself, it may not have much meaning e.g. obtained as part of a screen for anemia or some other reason to check a CBC. READ MORE

  • Should I go to the hospital for a kidney infection?

    If you are experiencing high fever, vomiting or signs of dehydration (light headedness when walking, dry lips/tongue, decreased urine output) you should seek care in an emergency department. If you are having pain with urination alone, an urgent care or telehealth visit may be all that is needed to evaluate your symptoms or receive a prescription for an antibiotic. READ MORE

  • Smoking and adenoids?

    This is a complicated question for which you should touch base with your anesthesia and surgical teams for guidance. From the anesthesia perspective (https://www.asahq.org/madeforthismoment/preparing-for-surgery/risks/smoking/#:~:text=It's%20no%20secret%20that%20smoking,that%20makes%20you%20lose%20consciousness.), smoking does alter lung function but the anesthesiologists who will be monitoring you during the procedure can make adjustments in your anesthesia if needed. Knowing ahead of time will help them provide the best care for you. In terms of addressing when to stop, there is a balance between the benefit of stopping and the physiologic effects of cannabis withdrawal syndrome, should you stop completely. This would also be worth running by your anesthesia team. In terms of when to start back after your surgery, the surgical site from where the adenoids are removed takes time to heal. I would ask your ENT surgical team about how long you should refrain from smoking after surgery. These time frame guidelines will help you to decide if you need to have an alternative short-term plan available to manage your panic attacks. Good luck. [https://www.asahq.org/madeforthismoment/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/asa-meta-image.jpg] Smoking: Surgery Risks & Anesthesia Complications - Made for This Moment - American Society of Anesthesiologists Smoking. It’s no secret that smoking causes serious health problems, including heart disease, asthma, and lung cancer. If you are having surgery, you also may experience complications related to smoking and anesthesia. www.asahq.org READ MORE

  • Covid vaccine side effects?

    Thank you for checking in regarding your concerns following COVID immunization. While vaccines (any) can cause achiness local to the injection site or achiness generally, no vaccine would result in structural changes in your hips, other bones or in your joints. Feeling feverish or achy following an immunization is a sign that your immune system is responding to the vaccine. Use of medication like Tylenol or Ibuprofen can help reduce the discomfort. READ MORE

  • My 3 year old has trouble eating?

    You should have your daughter seen by a primary care provider. Weight loss with the symptoms that you describe is always a concern. Persistent diarrhea could be an indicator of food sensitivity (gluten-celiac) or other factor leading to malabsorption. Young children who drink excessive amounts of milk can have iron deficiency and anemia. An evaluation by a primary care provider will help to sort out whether a medical problem exists as well as provide guidance on approaches to diet. READ MORE

  • What are the negative effects of bathing a toddler too long?

    The negative effect could be excessive drying of the skin and irritation. Make sure to use skin moisturizers immediately after bathing/toweling off and to limit bathing to once per day for no longer than 10-15 minutes. For most children, bathing 3 time per week is sufficient. A bath at the end of the day can also be part of a relaxing and calming bedtime routine. READ MORE

  • Can I go to the ER for a sinus infection?

    At the present time, and in most locations, sinus symptoms would rate a low triage acuity meaning you could wait for hours to be seen. An urgent care or primary care provider might offer a speedier route to evaluation. Shortness of breath, particularly if accompanied by chest pain or labored breathing should be evaluated in an emergency department. READ MORE

  • What blood sugar level is a medical emergency?

    Your question is difficult to answer without knowing how low the blood sugar is and what symptoms you are experiencing. If you have a known endocrine problem with a persistently low blood sugar and symptoms, you should seek medical attention - and the emergency department is probably the most appropriate location. If it is low and improves taking some sugar containing food or liquid you may be able to follow-up with your primary care provider. READ MORE

  • Should I go to ER for COVID pneumonia?

    If you are experiencing chest pain or progressive shortness of breath you should be seen by a provider - ED, Urgent Care or your primary care provider. If you are experiencing chest pain or have a history of heart or lung problems you would be best served in an ED. READ MORE

  • Is shortness of breath a medical emergency?

    Without other information, and in our era of COVID, any sustained shortness of breath should be evaluated. That can be at a primary care clinic, urgent care or ED. If the shortness of breath is associated with chest pain, evaluation in an emergency department would be the best of those options. READ MORE

  • Antibiotic for my son?

    Your situation points out the limitations of "telehealth." An ear infection can be suspected based on symptoms, but only diagnosed reliably by physical exam. The majority of ear infections will resolve spontaneously without treatment. This factor underlies the principle of "watchful waiting" that can be employed in many situations. In your particular example, a known side effect of antibiotics - diarrhea - is likely worse than the symptoms that were related to the ear infection. I would recommend stopping the antibiotic. I wouldn't worry about antibiotic resistance with your son. That is a "macro" issue for the most part. If your son is still exhibiting signs concerning for an ear infection, he should be examined. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Nine month old running a fever?

    For a 9 month old infant who is current on his immunizations, more than 9 out of 10 times fevers as you describe will be due to a viral infection. These fevers will typically resolve in 5 days or less. They may be treated with Tylenol or Ibuprofen, if needed for comfort. If fever persists beyond 5 days, or is accompanied by other symptoms like cough or fussiness, contact with a primary care provider would be appropriate. READ MORE

  • Should I go to urgent care for sudden hearing loss?

    An urgent care would not have the resources to properly evaluate this issue. An emergency department would be more appropriate especially if there were other acute symptoms including headaches, dizziness or loss of balance, facial muscle weakness or facial pins/needles sensations (paresthesias). Hearing loss, alone, could start with an office primary care evaluation and audiology referral. READ MORE

  • Should you go to the ER for stomach pain?

    You should be seen if pain started out around the belly button area and has migrated to the right side in which case appendicitis would be suspect. If pain persists beyond 4-6 hours and can't be relieved with simple measures like Tylenol, rest, warm packs etc. then you probably should be seen. READ MORE

Dr. Patrick L Carolan MD's Practice location

Practice At 2525 Chicago Avenue South Childrens Hospitals And Clinics - Emergenc

2525 Chicago Avenue South Childrens Hospitals -
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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