Children's Hospital Provides Specialized Emergency Medical Care for Kids
You are watching your daughter playing softball one evening, when suddenly she is hit on the head by a line drive.
It is after hours. Your child is in serious pain and you are very worried. You head straight to the Emergency Department at the UW's American Family Children's Hospital in Madison.
Once you arrive, you check in and are told that your child will be attended to by a physician who specializes in pediatric emergency medicine. You are also quickly put at ease by a Certified Child Life Specialist, who has just the right touch in helping your child and family cope with an often stressful Emergency Department experience.
"We know that taking care of kids is very different from caring for adults," says Michael Kim, MD, director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at American Family Children's Hospital. "Ours is the only hospital in the region with specially-trained pediatric emergency medicine physicians. Moreover, the Children's Hospital has an entire array of pediatric specialists for any medical or surgical needs that may surface with your child."
Aside from Dr. Kim, pediatric emergency specialists include Greg Rebella, MD, Joshua Ross, MD and James Svenson, MD. Lynne Sears, RN, MS, pediatric trauma coordinator, also stresses the unique nature of caring for children.
"Be it understanding their injuries, reading their X-rays or controlling their pain, the American Family Children's Hospital team deeply appreciates the difference and has the training and experience to treat acutely ill or injured kids. Parents really appreciate that."
Sears also notes that as the only verified pediatric and adult Level I Trauma Center in the area, the UW's Emergency Department provides patients with the most advanced and comprehensive care available.
Parents faced with an actual emergency should, of course, contact their pediatrician and/or call 911 as soon as possible. You may be told that it is safer for your child to first be stabilized in a local emergency department before being transported to Madison for specialty care. In such cases, American Family Children's Hospital provides Med Flight (helicopter) or Critical Care Transport (ambulance) transportation to Madison– day or night.
Date Published: 11/06/2009