If your child is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 for help.
The Emergency Department/Trauma Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is one of the busiest pediatric emergency rooms in the nation, treating more than 60,000 children each year. Our commitment to providing the best and safest care helped earn this honor.
Parents magazine ranked emergency care at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin #3 in the nation in its 2013 Best Children's Hospitals survey.
Emergency Department/Trauma Center
The Emergency Department/Trauma Center is staffed by pediatric emergency medicine specialists and nurses with extensive pediatric emergency training. They treat more than 60,000 children annually for illnesses and injuries ranging from asthma to trauma.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons. Support is available from surgery, anesthesiology, radiology, laboratory, respiratory therapy and pharmacy.
A co-payment will be collected at the time of service.
Call (414) 266-2626 for the Emergency Department.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Emergency Department/Trauma Center facts and figures:
- More than 80,000 ED/TC and Children's urgent care visits are made each year.
- Children's Hospital was recertified as a Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons in 2008.
- Before obtaining an ED/TC position, Children's Hospital's nurses must complete 6-month competencies in the Emergency Department and have at least 2 years of acute-care nursing experience.
- The most critically ill and injured children and adolescents are transported to the hospital for care.
Wisconsin Level I Trauma Center
The American College of Surgeons Verification Review Committee commented positively on Children's Hospital's trauma program leadership and staff, its cohesive multidisciplinary trauma service and Emergency Department resources and facilities, among other areas. The American College of Surgeons, in making the announcement, commended Children's Hospital on its "continued commitment to provide quality care to all of its trauma patients."
Verified trauma centers must meet essential criteria. Key elements of a Level I Trauma Center status include:
- Trauma surgeons and medical specialists and sub-specialists in the hospital and available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
- Specialized facilities, including emergency services, and an operating room dedicated to and ready for trauma cases. Neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, specially trained trauma nurses, anesthesia services, intensive care units, rehabilitation services, CT and other imaging facilities available for trauma patients at any time of the day or night.
- A trauma director, trauma registry, a coordinator, outreach programs and an organized research effort to help direct new innovations in trauma care.