Children's Hospital Colorado
Pediatric Emergency Care

Pediatric Emergency Care

At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we treat the big things, the small things and everything in between.

Kids' health emergencies require special expertise. Pediatric emergency specialists at Children's Hospital Colorado have at least three additional years of pediatric emergency training versus adult emergency departments. In addition to making kids (and their families) feel more at ease in emergency situations, this means faster diagnosis and treatment — which helps your child heal and get back to normal, faster.

"We're the front door of the hospital," says Kevin Carney, MD, medical director of the emergency department at Children's Colorado, "and so as soon as we can we need to establish that we're here, and we're listening, and we're going to do everything we can to help out your child."


When do I need an Emergency Department?

Emergency Departments, sometimes called "Emergency Rooms," can treat minor conditions but also deal with much more serious injuries and illnesses. They are open 24 hours a day. Commonly treated emergency conditions include:

  • Severe asthma
  • Concussions
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Seizures
  • Severe cuts with excessive bleeding
  • Fevers in infants under 8 weeks old

Learn the difference between urgent and emergency care.


Children's Hospital Colorado Emergency Care Locations

Children's Colorado in the news


Information You Need on Dry Drownings

July 7, 2017

Kevin Carney, MD, medical director of the Emergency Department, explained the symptoms of dry drownings, and how parents can keep their kids safe this summer around water.


Expert Provides Tips to Calm a Crying Baby

May 18, 2017

Children's Colorado and the Kempe Center partner to raise awareness about the dangers of shaken baby syndrome and provide tips and resources on how to calm a crying baby. Daniel Lindberg, MD, emergency medicine who specializes in child abuse, was interviewed.

U.S. News & World Report

Study States Marijuana Related ER Visits Increase Among Colorado Teens

May 5, 2017

According to new research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, the number of marijuana-related ER visits made by teens and young adults more than quadrupled at Children's Colorado after the state legalized marijuana. "The state-level effect of marijuana legalization on adolescent use has only begun to be evaluated," said Sam Wang, MD, emergency medicine and medical toxicology, and lead author of the study.