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Emergency Medicine

Ambulance in bay

Young child drinking juice in ER

As a Level 1 Trauma Center, the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital provides immediate, highly specialized pediatric emergency services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The state-of-the-art pediatric emergency facility is the newest in Chicago, and features the latest diagnostic and treatment equipment to provide comprehensive emergency care.

Through the emergency department, doctors with the Section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine care for acutely ill or injured children and teens up to age 16. Our emergency department -- the only Level 1 Trauma Center on the South Side of Chicago -- treats more than 35,000 patients each year, including hundreds with complex trauma injuries. Fully equipped air medical transport is also available for critically injured patients in surrounding areas.

The trauma center is located at 5730 S. Drexel Avenue, adjacent to Comer Children's Hospital.

Child life specialist Chelsea Cress uses an iPad with a patient. iPads in the ER: Learn how our specialists use iPads to make the emergency room experience a little less scary for children.

Special Attention to Children

Kids benefit from doctors who are experts in kids, not adults. The same is true when it comes to emergency care. Our dedicated, compassionate staff is committed to easing the burden of ill and injured children. The staff includes emergency pediatricians and pediatric surgeons, nurses, social workers, and other professionals who are experienced in treating routine as well as complex medical issues in children.

Our young patients also benefit because our emergency department was designed with kids in mind. The décor is kid-friendly, and the equipment and supplies are "kid-sized." This helps make children more comfortable during their hospital visit.

For children and teens who are critically ill and require continuing care after their visit to the trauma center, the hospital's nationally recognized Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) can provide needed medical services as well as support.

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