Emergency Services

Patients at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital benefit from highly skilled specialty physicians and nurses who offer emergency treatment for the full range of illness and injury, 24/7. 

Our pediatric emergency department is dedicated exclusively to the care of children from infancy to age 20. Treatment is overseen by attending physicians, trained in pediatric emergency medicine and care is delivered by specially trained emergency medicine physicians, fellows, physician assistants, pediatric residents, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and technical associates. A certified child life specialist is also available to support children and families. More than 32,500 children are treated in our children’s ED annually.

Patients have access to experts in all areas of pediatric subspecialties including pediatric emergency medicine, toxicology and critical care. Many of the team members are renowned in fields of medical simulation, bedside ultrasound, disaster preparedness, injury prevention, toxicology, medical education and medical informatics.

Comprehensive emergency services are available for an array of emergency conditions including:

  • Respiratory ailments
  • Poisoning, including environmental toxins
  • Trauma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Sexual abuse
  • Suspected child abuse
  • Abdominal emergencies
  • Infections
  • Dehydration
  • Psychiatric emergencies, including post-traumatic stress disorder

Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care Transport Teams

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital offers safe and timely transport of critically ill or injured infants and children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a specially equipped ambulance, physician referral required. Many patients transported from referral hospitals are admitted directly to our intensive care units.

The pediatric transport team consists of designated pediatric transport paramedics as well as pediatric transport nurses. The neonatal team, for NICU transfers, includes specially trained advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, registered nurses and occasional respiratory therapists.

Requests for transport are accepted from any physician by calling our Y Access Line. All pertinent information regarding the history of the illness or condition is required.

Improving Child Safety

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital is a designated Injury Free Site by the national Injury Free Coalition for Kids. As part of our commitment to prevent injuries and educate the community, our Injury Prevention Department provides an array of services to the community to help keep our children safe.

Free Car Seat Check and Installation

Schedule an appointment with one of our certified technicians and learn how to properly secure your child in his or her car seat as well as how to install the car seat correctly in the vehicle. To make an appointment at either Bridgeport Hospital or Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, call 203-200-KIDS.

Seat Belt Safety in Pregnancy: Tips for proper seat belt use
  • Place the shoulder belt across your chest (between your breasts) and away from your neck.
  • Secure the belt below your belly so that it fits snugly across your hips and pelvic bone.
  • Never place the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm.
  • Sit as far away from the steering wheel as possible, maintaining at least 10 inches between the center of your chest and the steering wheel.
  • As your belly grows, adjust your seat to maintain the 10 inch minimum.
  • When possible in late pregnancy, have someone else drive.