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Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services

Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services
Division of Emergency Medicine
Children’s Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center (EMTC) is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the Washington, DC, area, including Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia. The only freestanding children’s hospital in the area, Children’s National Medical Center 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 Children’s 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 pediatric emergency services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at two locations in Washington, DC:
Children's National Medical Center
Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine

111 Michigan Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20010
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   Children’s National Emergency Department at United Medical Center
1310 Southern Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20032
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