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Critical Care Medicine

Delivering Expertise Where it’s Needed – Right Away

Children’s National’s specialists respond to emergencies and provide intensive care for seriously ill and injured children.



Children’s National provides complete support for children needing intensive care. Our board-certified physicians work with teams of critical-care nurses, respiratory therapists, case managers, and related staff members.

Children’s National is one of only seven U.S. healthcare organizations in the Pediatric Critical Care Research Network. The network, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, studies the safety and efficacy of treatment for critically ill children. 



Children’s National is the only Washington-area hospital with a rapid air and ground transport system just for children. This system features:

  • A 24-hour communications center to respond to calls and arrange transportation to Children’s National if needed
  • Expert pediatric and neonatal teams, ready to be dispatched on a moment’s notice
  • An emergency trauma and burn services unit, including a 12-member acute response team to provide care for patients arriving by helicopter or ambulance
  • An integrated trauma team to follow the patient from admission to discharge and outpatient care 
Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Children’s National has two emergency rooms to ensure children receive care as quickly as possible. Our Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center -- the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the area -- has more than 100,000 patient visits each year.

Children’s National provides a full range of emergency diagnostic and treatment services for acutely ill and injured patients. Among our team members are experts trained in pediatric emergency care, and all of our pediatric specialists are available for consultation..

Special units include:

  • A Rapid Treatment Unit that provides pediatric physicians and nurse practitioners to help patients with minor illnesses and injuries.
  • An Evaluation and Treatment Unit that offers expert care for patients who need up to 24 hours of treatment, but not a hospital admission.

  • A Decontamination Unit, the only one of its kind in the area, that is available to treat children in the event of a biological, chemical, or radiological event. Three award-winning Intensive Care Units that provide specialized care.
Intensive Care

Intensive Care

Children’s National features several intensive care units to provide children specialized critical care:

  • Our Neonatology Intensive Care Unit has teams of neonatal and pediatric specialists who provide care to critically ill and premature newborns and is the primary referral center for more than 40 hospitals. U.S. News & World Report has ranked it among the top 10 programs of its type in the country.


  • The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit provides subspecialty care to children critically ill with congenital or acquired heart diseases.
  • The Gregory Mark Taubin Neuro Intensive Care Unit is made up of critical-care physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and physical therapists. They provide leading-edge treatment of children suffering brain diseases and injuries and conduct research into advancing such treatment.

  • Our team in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is focused on providing top-level care to children in need of intensive treatment, noted nationwide for its exceptional outcomes.

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