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Trauma and Burn Surgery

Contact number | 202-476-2150
Patient being wheeled into Children's National Pediatric Level I Trauma Center for emergency trauma and burn surgery.

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More than 24,000 children are scalded by hot liquids each year.

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Each year, our dedicated team of pediatric emergency medicine specialists treats more than 1,000 infants, children and adolescents who are critically injured or severely burned.

Children's National has the only Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region, and accepts trauma patients from all geographic areas. We partner with the Maryland Shock Trauma System to provide coverage in Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's, Calvert and Charles counties.

In 2017, our team cared for the region's burn patients in more than 2,100 visits to Children's National. We evaluated and discharged over 500 burn patients in our Emergency Department, and admitted 75 who needed additional care.

Critical Care for Kids

Our acute response team of surgeons, nurses and emergency medicine specialists provide immediate intervention when your child arrives at the hospital. We coordinate with specialists in Emergency Medicine to provide a full range of diagnostic services and treatment for acutely ill or injured patients, including trauma surgery.

Children's National is one of only twelve children’s hospitals in the country to attain Level 1 Surgery Verification from the American College of Surgeons. This distinction recognizes surgery centers who have improved surgical quality, prevented complications, reduced costs and saved lives.

As the primary pediatric trauma center in the region, we also understand how challenging and frightening the experience can be for patients and their families. To support families, continuity of care from admission to discharge through rehabilitation is coordinated by our expert surgical and nursing specialists in trauma and burn care, including experts with the Burn Program and Children's Outpatient Burn Clinic.

When your child needs a medical transport to Children's National, our communications specialists in the Emergency Communication and Information Center work with regional and international Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to provide an ambulance, helicopter or other flight transport to Children's National.

Injury Prevention Through Education

Beyond emergency care, injury prevention is an important part of our mission. Through research, education and outreach to the public, we aim to teach families and caregivers how to recognize injury risks and create a safe environment.

Founded in 1987 at Children's National Health System, Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of health care providers and organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injuries, the leading cause of death in children in the United States. Many injuries are accidental and preventable, often the result of bicycle crashes, pedestrian accidents, burns, falls and drowning.

In addition to resources and information on the Safe Kids website, we offer a Burn Education program through the hospital and a series of educational videos that you can watch from the comfort of your home. To schedule a prevention education program, contact Sally Wilson, RN, at 202-476-4090.

Courses such as Trauma Update and Trauma Core Curriculum are also offered for health care professionals.

Trauma and Burn Surgery Team