Pediatric Emergency & Trauma Services

Ready For Any Emergency 24/7

The Dan Dierdorf Emergency and Trauma Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, designated by both Missouri and Illinois. This means we can handle any type of emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We see over 60,000 children annually, making us the highest volume pediatric emergency department in the region.

Our team works closely with many departments in the medical center, as well as with paramedics and first responders, to ensure your child's needs are met. You can never plan for an emergency, but when one arises, rest assured that the emergency team at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital if prepared and ready to provide the highest level of care.

If you or your child is experiencing a life-threatening emergency or injury, please call 911.

Emergency Medicine

Our emergency medicine team is here to care for conditions that require immediate medical attention.

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Trauma Surgery

Our expert trauma surgeons are prepared to provide life-saving care for critically injured children 24/7.

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Critical Care

Our critical care specialists provide the highest level of care to seriously ill children and teens.

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Child Life Services

Our child life specialists are here to help make your family's time at the hospital a little easier.

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Safety Program

Our safety program offers resources to help prevent injuries from happening in the first place. 

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Transport Team

The transport team is always available to bring critically ill and injured children to our hospital.

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Pediatric Emergency Experts

At SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, we provide the necessary expertise to care for children in a family-focused environment.

  • SSM Health Cardinal Glennon recruits and trains emergency medicine specialists through Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Many have an average of 20 years of experience in pediatric emergency care.
  • All of our ER physicians and nurses are certified in Pediatric Advanced Cardiac and Trauma Support (PACTS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). This means we are trained at the highest level in the advanced emergency care of children, and offer the latest and most comprehensive medical techniques.
  • You will save time with our easy “ER Quick” registration process and get immediate support from our pediatric ER doctors, nurses, and Child Life team , dedicated to providing child-friendly care.
  • Our state-of-the-art trauma rooms are fully stocked with the latest supplies and equipment. They are large and roomy to accommodate family members at the bedside to comfort their child.

Our Team Approach to Care

When your child is very sick or injured, having an experienced, multi-disciplinary team ensures your child gets the care he or she needs. Our team is always ready to begin life-saving care and includes:

  • Emergency medicine physicians
  • Pediatric trauma surgeons
  • Emergency and critical care pediatric nurses
  • Pediatric respiratory therapists
  • Pediatric pharmacists
  • Radiology and laboratory technicians
  • Pastoral care representatives

Missouri Poison Center

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