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Emergency Medicine

If your child needs immediate attention for a potentially life-threatening condition, call 911 or take your child to the nearest emergency room.


The Pediatric Emergency Department, a specialized part of the main Emergency Department at UNC Hospitals, provides emergency medical and surgical care to children and adolescents from birth through 18 years of age. It is a regional referral center for pediatric emergency care and a major gateway to the facilities and services of North Carolina Children's Hospital.

The Pediatric Emergency Department is open 18 hours a day, seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Pediatric patients requiring care outside of these hours are treated in the main Emergency Department. Pediatric emergency specialists from the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, in conjunction with members of the Department of Emergency Medicine, are present at all times to provide patient care, expedite referrals and offer consultations. They are skilled in evaluating highly complex, acute medical and surgical conditions and at providing pediatric advance life support and resuscitation and advanced trauma life support. The division's physicians are also experts in sedation and pain control for pediatric patients with painful conditions or injuries and for those undergoing painful emergency procedures.

The Emergency Department at UNC Hospital is a designated Level 1 Pediatric Trauma center and, like the Pediatric Emergency Department, is one of only 6 percent of emergency departments nationwide medically equipped to treat children of all ages and sizes.

The Pediatric Emergency Department does not take appointments. All patients are evaluated on arrival by a specially-trained triage nurse and then receive care in order of the acuity of their illness or injury. Learn more about the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine by visiting the division's Web site.

Special Services

Pediatric Transport Service

UNC Carolina Air Care (CAC) is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to transfer critically ill pediatric patients from referring hospitals all over the state to the Emergency Departments at UNC. To address pediatric patients' unique needs, CAC has a dedicated pediatric and neonatal medical transport team comprised of six specialty-trained nurses and six respiratory therapists who complement the program's EMTs, pilots and other staff.

Members of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and the Department of Emergency Medicine provide medical supervision for nurses and respiratory therapists during transport. They are also available to discuss bed availability with the referring physician and plan for interim stabilization.

CAC's air operation has two helicopters, one based in Chapel Hill and the other operating out of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. Their ground service has a specially-equipped pediatric ambulance with dual patient/stretcher capacity. Learn more by visiting Carolina Air Care's Web site.

Level I Trauma Center

UNC sees over 2,000 children with trauma-related injuries in the emergency department annually. N.C. Children's Hospital is among the exclusive ranks of just 40 other American College of Surgeons-verified pediatric trauma centers across the country. With only five other such centers in the Southeast, we are the only one in the Triangle and one of just two in the state.

Contact Information

PHONE (Faculty Administrative Office): (919) 966-2504
PHONE (Pediatric Emergency Department): (919) 966-1405
FAX (Faculty Administrative Office): (919) 966-3852
FAX (Pediatric Emergency Department): (919) 966-8868
UNC AIR CARE: (800) 247-6264

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