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Pediatric Emergency Medicine

At any time and every day of the year, our highly trained specialists are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent, diagnose, and manage a vast array of acute illness and injuries among infants, children, and adolescents. We collaborate with pediatric medical and surgical specialists to bring the best emergency care to infants and children.

Each year, the Pediatric Emergency Department at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, a Level I trauma center, treats more than 40,000 children from infancy to age 20. The state-of-the-art, dedicated children’s department features 16 rooms and two major treatment/trauma rooms. It is in close proximity to but distinctly separate from the adult emergency department, and is staffed by physicians and nurses skilled in caring for children. Full-time pediatricians, each of whom has completed additional training in pediatric emergency medicine, oversee patient care.

Our Services

Our staff is ready for any medical emergency, but common conditions we treat include:

  • Respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses
  • Poisoning, including environmental toxins
  • Major and minor trauma, including head injury
  • Suspected child abuse and neglect
  • Abdominal emergencies
  • Behavioral and psychiatric emergencies

Our Team

In addition to our attending emergency medicine physicians, our team includes fellows, physician assistants, pediatric residents, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, sexual assault nurse examiners, and forensic experts. Our patients have 24-hour access to experts from all pediatric specialties, including toxicology and critical care. Child life specialists and pediatric social workers are also ready to ease the emergency room experience for children and families.

Our team is expert in the fields of bedside ultrasound, injury prevention, and disaster preparedness.