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Emergency Medicine

Expertise When Your Child Needs It Most

A young patient in the emergency medicine department

At Nemours’ fully equipped Emergency Departments (EDs, often called Emergency Rooms or ERs), our highly trained doctors are board-certified in both pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. Together with nurses and paramedics, we’re dedicated to providing pediatric emergency medicine for kids from birth to age 18. That means we understand children’s symptoms, conditions and injuries — and how to diagnose and treat them with special kid-friendly care.

Conditions We Treat

Conditions We Treat

Our Emergency Departments are fully equipped to handle life-threatening, very serious illnesses and injuries any time, day or night. We see a full spectrum of conditions — far too many to list here. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

But definitely go to the ED if your child has:

  • trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • unusual sleepiness or confusion
  • a stiff neck and a fever
  • a continuous fast heartbeat
  • swallowed any poison, drug, or unknown substance
  • a head injury and is vomiting
  • an injury to the eye

Not sure when to go to the ED, call 911, or go to an urgent care? Learn More  

Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

At community hospitals, doctors who are trained in caring for patients of all ages see kids who come to the Emergency Department. But at Nemours EDs, children are treated by true experts trained and experienced in emergency medicine specifically for kids. Our ED physicians are also actively involved in clinical research. That leads to a better understanding of why kids get sick or injured — and how we can help them. Because of our expertise, we’re often invited to lecture locally and nationally on emergency medicine topics. 

And, if your child needs to see a doctor in a particular specialty, our Nemours specialists are all just a quick call away. We’ll keep your child’s primary care doctor updated too, to make sure everyone involved in your child’s care knows what’s going on. 

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Highlights

Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

We offer pediatric emergency medicine at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, Main Line Health's Bryn Mawr Hospital and the Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill so your child can also get expert emergency care in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

  • only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the state of Delaware, which means our hospital is the most prepared for the sickest and most severely injured children 
  • fast-track services for nonemergency conditions
  • private exam rooms with doors, not curtains
  • kid-approved waiting areas with activities and computers
  • two waiting areas (one for arriving families, one for those waiting between procedures)
  • consults by Nemours pediatricians in emergency departments at hospitals we work with in your communities

We offer pediatric emergency medicine at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando).

  • immediate nurse evaluation and escort to exam rooms — no waiting  
  • most kids seen within 20–30 minutes by a health care provider
  • spacious, private exam rooms with doors, not curtains
  • trained staff and calm environment for kids with autism or sensory issues — Respecting Each Awesome Child Here (REACH) program
  • award-winning Boo-Boo Care Team made up of specially-trained paramedics who stitch up kids' wounds
  • two-time recognition by the Emergency Nurses Association with The Lantern Award™ —  one of only two in Florida and the only one in Central Florida to earn the distinction 
  • recognition from The Florida Hospital Association for patient innovation and safety in its emergency care programs
  • consults by Nemours pediatricians in emergency departments at hospitals we work with in your communities
Patient Stories

Patient Stories

an emergency medicine patient and her dog

Sometimes the best support and peace of mind comes from families who’ve been there. Meet some of the inspiring kids we’ve been honored to treat.

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Scheduled Specialist Online Visits

Nemours now offers scheduled specialist appointments through live video chat. Ask your doctor if this is an option for your family.

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Research & Clinical Trials

At Nemours, we’re actively researching new approaches for childhood disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

KidsHealth Library

Learn more about your child’s medical condition from the experts at Nemours’ KidsHealth.