Emergency Medicine

The Emergency Department at Children’s Medical Center Dallas is the only Level 1 pediatric trauma center in North Texas. Serving as a major referral center for Dallas County and the surrounding region, Children's Medical Center Dallas provides urgent and emergent care for more than 110,000 patients each year. As such, we are one of the busiest pediatric emergency medicine clinical services in the country.

As the pediatric trauma center for Dallas County, Children's provides after-hours emergency care for a variety of complex problems in children with special health care needs. Children's Medical Center at Legacy provides 24-7 emergency care for pediatric patients in Collin County.

Services provided include:

  • Asthma treatment center
  • Biohazard decontamination area
  • Continuous observation unit
  • Critical care/trauma resuscitation rooms
  • Multipurpose sub-specialty room
  • Referral and urgent care centers

The facility also utilizes advanced radiological technology, including portable ultrasound, a digital Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS), and a mobile fluoroscopic c-arm, which gives our physicians a real-time picture of fractures and dislocations and can assist with locating and removing foreign objects from soft tissues right at the patient’s bedside.

Clinical physicians from UT Southwestern provide attending physician support for Children’s emergency department. The Center also serves as a clinical laboratory for UT Southwestern’s pediatric emergency medicine physicians, leading to new and innovative treatments for pediatric patients that can be applied directly to emergency center patients.

More than a dozen investigative studies are ongoing that are designed to answer critical questions and improve the care provided to children in crisis. Study areas include treatment of respiratory diseases, pain management and sedation, injury epidemiology, noninvasive monitoring, and brain-injury research.