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If your child needs urgent medical care, please go immediately to your nearest Emergency Room (ER). If you can’t safely transport your child to the hospital, call 911 without delay. Otherwise, it’s best to talk to your child’s doctor before going to the ER. Your doctor will be able to tell you if you need to come into the office or go directly to the appropriate ER.
We’re here when you need us, 24/7
Boston Children's Hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine provides 24-hour care to infants, children and young adults with urgent and emergency medical, surgical and traumatic conditions, ranging from brain injuries to broken bones.
We accept all Emergency Department (ED) patients from birth through 21 years of age.
Level I Regional Pediatric Trauma Center
Caring for 60,000 patients with emergency medical needs each year, our ED is one of the largest emergency/trauma centers in New England and the largest pediatric ED in Massachusetts. We serve as a Level I Regional Pediatric Trauma Center, and we house the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention.
The Boston Children’s pediatric difference. True pediatric emergency care extends far beyond the Emergency Department.
If your child comes to Boston Children’s ED, we mobilize all our child- and family-centered resources to provide you with the best, quickest care. The value of pediatric emergency care at Boston Children’s includes these important points:
Your child will be treated by world-ranked specialists and sub-specialists. This is particularly valuable if your child has a pre-existing complex condition.
Boston Children's caregivers are sensitive to the physical and emotional needs of children and their families.
The environment is cheerful and child-centered.
If preparing for an emergency sounds like a contradiction in terms—it isn’t! It’s actually a great idea to evaluate Emergency Departments for your child before you might need one. If an actual emergency occurs, you won’t have time to wonder; better to do your homework in advance.
A checklist. Here’s what to look for in emergency care for your child:
The Division of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center Fact Sheet is a 2-page printable PDF that provides information, contact details, and highlighted statistics pertaining to the division, the Emergency Department, our network locations, clinical programs (including Trauma Center, Injury Prevention, Travel Clinic, Poison Control and Prevention Center), and research agenda.
You can view and download the Fact Sheet here.
To help keep your time with us moving smoothly, the hospital is now offering Boston Children's MyWay, a free mobile app with step-by-step directions to help you get around many of our locations.
MyWay also connects you with Boston Children's support services like our Center for Families or Child Life Services, and has listings for local restaurants, hotels and fun things to do with the kids while in the area.
Download Boston Children's MyWay on your iPhone or Android smart phone. For more information about the app, please visit this page.
If your child needs emergency care closer to your home, consider going to one of our community hospital partners north, south and west of Boston:
At our conveniently located community hospital partners, Boston Children’s physicians are on-site to care for your child. The doctor is in constant communication with Boston Children’s ED, as well as our specialists and inpatient unit. If your child needs care at our main campus in Boston, our renowned Critical Care Transport Team’s uniquely equipped ambulance is on hand to bring your child to the Boston Children's Hospital.
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