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Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services

Contact number | 202-476-5000

Division of Emergency Medicine 

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Children’s Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the Washington, D.C., 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.

We serve as Maryland’s out-of-state regional pediatric burn center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). Under this designation, our team of experts is recognized as being best equipped to share the volume of Maryland burn patients with Maryland’s in-state pediatric trauma center.

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.


Do you or a family member have seizures? ESETT is an emergency medicine research study designed to try to save and improve the lives of children who experience a seizure lasting longer than five minutes which has failed to respond to a full dose of a benzodiazepine.

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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 

Pediatric Emergency Guide App for Health Care Professionals

The Pediatric Emergency Guide is an app designed for users to dose pediatric emergency medicines and equipment to patients based on weight or age. Learn more.

Noah's Story

Airway Lungs

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After Joshua and Sandra Sweek noticed that their 6-month-old son, Noah, was having breathing problems, they took him to the doctor. There, the baby was diagnosed with suspected asthma.

Noah's Story

Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services Team