Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services Contact number | 202-476-LIFE (5433)

Division of Emergency Medicine 

Children’s Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, as verified by the American College of Surgeons. The only freestanding children’s hospital in the area, Children’s National Health System serves as the regional referral center for pediatric emergencies.

At Children’s National, leading experts in emergency medicine care for your child. One of the largest pediatric emergency departments in the country, we treat tens of thousands of patients each year.

Emergency Care for Kids

As a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, we are uniquely qualified to provide emergency care for children, from the design of the department to our highly skilled professionals who understand the special needs of younger, smaller patients.

The center provides a full range of emergency diagnostic and treatment services for acutely ill and injured patients. Our team includes leading fellowship trained experts in pediatric emergency care, and all of our pediatric subspecialists are available for consultations. Division units add another level of service for children and families:

  • Rapid Treatment Unit The Rapid Treatment Unit’s pediatric physicians and nurse practitioners help patients with minor acute illnesses and injuries. The Rapid Treatment Unit is open daily from 7:00 am – 3:00 am.
  • Evaluation and Treatment Unit The Evaluation and Treatment Unit provides care to those patients who require up to 24 hours of treatment, but do not require a hospital admission.
  • Decontamination Unit In the event of a biological, chemical, or radiological event, Children’s has a state-of-the-art Decontamination Unit designed specifically for kids, the only one of its kind in the region.

The Power of Prevention 

Patient, parent, and community injury prevention education is an extension of the care we provide at the hospital. It may surprise some to know that harmful and sometimes life-threatening poisonings and ingestions are still significant concerns with children and teens.

Recent statistics from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), notes cosmetics and personal care products, pain killers, and household cleaning products as the most common poisons in children five years old and younger.


Children’s National's pediatric emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at two locations in the nation's capital: 

  • Children's National Health System Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine 
    • 111 Michigan Ave, NW Washington, DC 20010 
  • Children’s National Emergency Department at United Medical Center 
    • 1310 Southern Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20032 

Avery's Story: Parent's Letter Project

Patient story

"I hope you never have to experience the need to have your child taken to the hospital, but if you do, Children's National is the place to go. There's no question about it!"

Avery's Story: Parent's Letter Project

The Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services Team

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Emergency Communication and Information Center (ECIC)

Children’s National's Emergency Communication and Information Center (ECIC) is a state-of-the-art facility open all day, every day of the year. Our dedicated team connects primary care physicians with Children’s emergency department specialists, and dispatches and monitors all ground and air teams.


Children’s National sees children from around the Washington, DC, metropolitan region, nation, and world who need the kind of specialized expertise and child-focused care we offer. No matter what your child needs, we can provide care that’s just right.

Meet the Team

Our providers represent medical and surgical specialties, family practice, and general pediatrics.

Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)

The Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) is composed of pediatric emergency care providers throughout the United States, including Children’s National, who combined provide care to well over a million acutely ill and injured children each year.

Related Departments

Pediatric specialists at Children’s National work closely to ensure an integrated approach to caring for each child and family.

Resources for Families

Children’s National offers resources for families to help answer questions and ease their experience.