Emergency Medicine

The Emergency Department at Valley Children’s provides emergency pediatric and trauma care to infants, children, and adolescents (up to 21 years of age). We operate a 39-bed Level II Pediatric Trauma Center that sees about 120,000 patient visits annually. More than two-thirds of the Hospital’s patients are admitted through the Emergency Department. We have access to all of the Hospital’s pediatric subspecialties and their associated physicians.

Valley Children’s Emergency Department is staffed by board-certified pediatric emergency physicians. In addition to their years of experience in providing pediatric emergency care, our emergency specialists have undergone a minimum of three years of general pediatric training plus an additional two to three years of fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine.

Better Access to Care

  • Level II Pediatric Trauma Center equipped to manage acute traumatic injuries directly from the field
  • Rapid triage and rooming of patients by the Patient Floor Coordinator

What is triage?

When we visit a business, most of us are used to being seen in the order we arrive. A visit to the Emergency Department works a little differently. Our nurses use a process called triage to determine the order in which patients are seen based on whether they need immediate medical treatment. Wait times can vary depending on how sick or injured each patient is, whether they need immediate medical treatment, and how busy the Emergency Department is. We see patients in the order of those who need the most immediate medical treatment, regardless of each patient’s arrival time. Click the button below to learn more about what to expect during a visit to the Emergency Department.

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Conditions Treated

  • Acute traumatic injuries
  • Asthma (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Cancer (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Critical illnesses
  • Hemophilia (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Infectious conditions such as:
    • Acute gastroenteritis
    • Croup
    • Bronchiolitis
    • Colds
  • Leukemia (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Seizures
  • Sickle cell disease (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Sports related injuries
  • Urgent care

Services Offered

  • Trauma and Critical Care services
  • Emergency pediatric medicine
  • Orthopaedic and sport-related injury service
  • Radiology and Medical Imaging available 24/7 for emergency care, including imaging services such as MRI scans and X-rays
  • Rapid medical screening and evaluation

Multidisciplinary Services

  • Direct access to Valley Children’s pediatric subspecialists either through consultation in the Emergency Department or referrals for follow-up care
  • Trauma and Surgery services provided for illnesses and injuries requiring surgery and trauma care
  • Air and ground Medical Transport provided for complex critically ill children