We do everything we can to protect our children and hope that emergencies don't happen. But when they do occur, it's comforting to know that there is a place where children throughout Northern California can receive state-of-the-art, world-class emergency medical care, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. That place is the Pediatric Emergency Department in the new Michael W. Chapman Emergency and Trauma Center at UC Davis Medical Center. Opened in October 2010, the department features the only level 1 pediatric trauma center in inland Northern California (verified by the American College of Surgeons), serving a region of more than 33-counties.

A Caring, Compassionate Environment

Children and their families await treatment in a child-friendly and family-focused pediatric waiting room, separate from the adult emergency department waiting area. The pediatric waiting room is staffed by personnel trained to support children who are sick and help them understand what to expect while being cared for in the emergency department.

The pediatric emergency department is 60 percent larger than the previous facility, expanded from seven to 11 beds. The family-focused waiting area improves the experience of waiting to be seen, the department's increased capacity facilitates accelerated access to care, making it possible for children to be evaluated and treated far more quickly, efficiently, and effectively. And, once admitted to the emergency department, large private patient rooms offer more space for family members to comfort their child.

The sophisticated and spacious patient rooms feature technologies that permit health-care providers to conduct state-of-the-art medical tests, such as ultrasound, at the child's bedside. the electronic medical record allows for expedited transmission and receipt of patient-care information, including electronic ordering, documentation, laboratory results and radiological information. This capability allows children to be treated quickly and minimizes the need to transport them to other parts of the hospital for evaluation.

Designed to treat the most severe, life-threatening traumatic injuries, UC Davis also is the only pediatric emergency department in the Sacramento region with board-certified physicians in pediatric emergency medicine, specializing in treating children with a wide range of pediatric emergency conditions - bumps and bruises to severe illness and injuries.

The core group of pediatric nurses not only utilize their vast knowledge and experience of pediatric critical care, but they also provide a caring environment for children and their families. they routinely provide nursing care to the most difficult and complicated patients in the region.

Once admitted to the emergency department children have access to evaluation by a wide range of world-class pediatric specialist.