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

Our Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care Transport Teams provide safe and timely transport for critically ill or injured infants and children to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital in New Haven via our specially equipped ambulance or Skyhealth helicopter. 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. All pertinent information regarding the history of the illness or condition are 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, the hospital and Kohl’s Cares are Teaming Up to Improve Child Safety.