Update: May 1, 2020

Pediatric Emergency Department Moved Back to Original Location

Brenner Children’s Hospital’s pediatric emergency department has moved back to its original location at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Last month, the pediatric emergency department was temporarily moved to make room for an adult Comprehensive Acute Respiratory Evaluation (CARE) unit. The CARE unit is now located closer to the adult emergency department. Learn more


At Brenner Children’s Emergency Department (ED), your child’s emergency care doesn’t begin when he or she enters an operating room; it starts the moment you walk into our emergency department. The pediatric ED has been specifically designed to make sure your child’s stay is as comfortable as possible and focused on giving him or her the best care possible.


The commitment of our pediatric ED is to be prepared to care for infants and children with all types of emergent medical needs. When needed, we begin the process of sedation and pain management right away and ensure your child is diagnosed as fast as possible by experts in the field. This means that your child will receive the treatment and care he or she needs in the least amount of time possible, which strengthens outcomes, decreases recovery time and minimizes pain. 

What Makes Our Pediatric ED Different?

  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Level I Pediatric Trauma Center 
  • Doctors, nurses and staff specialize in caring for children with urgent medical needs
  • Prepared to handle any pediatric emergency, from an allergic reaction to broken bones to serious illness
  • Customized child-sized technology and equipment
  • All patients are seen by a doctor specially trained in emergency care
  • Specialized pediatric transport team for critically ill children

The Right Tools and Expertise for Your Child 

When you’re choosing a place to take your child for emergency care, you don’t get a chance to select a doctor. What you’re selecting is a place. At Brenner Children's Hospital, our pediatric specialists have made a commitment to caring for children. Be assured that our doctors, whether he or she is a surgeon, radiologist, anesthesiologist, gastroenterologist or other specialist, are highly skilled doctor trained in pediatric care who has made a commitment to caring for children.

Our pediatric emergency physicians and other health care professionals have the expertise needed to provide exceptional care for your child. For example, we have experience stabilizing children who are having seizures and we know how to insert an IV in a child who is dehydrated and has difficult to reach veins. We’re able to provide quick and accurate diagnoses using our broad range of resources and expertise.

Specific Pediatric Care Protocols

Each type of injury or illness requires its own treatment plan. Our pediatric ED utilizes trauma- and disease-specific protocols to provide immediate emergency medical care for conditions and injuries such as diabetes- and asthma-related complications, burns, head and neck trauma, broken bones and many other conditions.

Imaging and Radiology

We use onsite imaging services – and pediatric-trained radiologists – to pinpoint areas of concern. By having direct access to pediatric imaging and radiology capacities in our pediatric ED, we are able to immediately understand and respond to our patients’ medical needs. We also understand that children are still growing, so using minimal amounts of radiation is optimal, something we are able to do with our specially designed CT scanner.

Orthopaedic Care

Brenner’s pediatric ED and orthopaedic specialists care for all types of injuries, including broken and fractured bones, torn ligaments and sprains and strains. After locating the injury, our expert pediatric specialists provide appropriate and immediate care for our pediatric patients.

Conscious Sedation

We utilize conscious sedation to help children undergoing extreme distress from pain or testing procedures that may cause discomfort. We make sure to use the right doses customized to your child’s size and medical need.

Counseling and Support

Social workers and pastoral care professionals are on call at all times to help families at our emergency department. In addition, translators and sexual assault nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our pediatric ED was designed from the ground up to care for children only. Each diagnostic tool, each surgical device and each treatment tool is made just for children, something that makes a big difference when seconds count and precision is essential.

Managing Your Child’s Pain and Comfort Levels

Making sure that your child is comfortable, especially when he or she is facing a traumatic experience, is priceless. Caring for a child with an urgent medical need is not just selecting the right antibiotic or surgical procedure; it’s also paying attention to your child’s emotional and physical comfort.

We place the highest priority on pain control; from the moment you walk into our pediatric ED, pain management is a part of the environment you are entering. Our rooms are designed just for children. We have pediatric doses of pain medication readily available and our emergency medicine physicians are ready to provide your child with the right pain medication dose for his or her size and condition to ensure we are able to safely provide diagnosis and treatment, as well as minimize unnecessary pain.

Our doctors and other health care professionals are specifically trained in ways to help children who are anxious about being in an emergency room. We have the medications, tools and training necessary to help minimize that anxiety, and the correct sedation measures to help patients who are facing more serious medical emergencies.

What Do I Need to Bring With Me to the Pediatric ED?

If possible, please bring the following when you come to the Brenner pediatric ED:

  • A list of your child’s medications and allergies to medications
  • Your child’s medical records
  • Any imaging studies related to your child’s medical condition, placed on a CD or other electronic storage device; if you can, please bring your original studies with you

Read more suggestions of what you should bring with you to the pediatric ED.