The pediatric emergency unit is staffed 24-7 by pediatric nurses and St. Louis Children's Hospital (Washington University) pediatricians dedicated to the health needs and comfort of children and their families. Features of the new unit include:
- 9 treatment rooms
- 6 inpatient beds that allow physicians to admit children overnight for observation or treatment
- A spacious play area
- Waiting area
- Computers available for family use
- A child-friendly nautical theme throughout the unit, complete with fish tanks, a lighthouse and sailboat accents
An "Ouchless" Emergency Unit
Developed by Children’s Hospital emergency medicine physicians, the “ouchless” emergency unit employs a variety of techniques—including the use of nitrous oxide—to ensure patients experience as little discomfort as possible.
The pediatric emergency unit is designed to care for children with a variety of injuries and illnesses. Each patient receives ongoing assessment and diagnostic treatment. Throughout the course of patient care, radiology and laboratory services are also available, if required. In cases where more urgent care is needed, the staff will quickly arrange for patient transport to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Pediatric Acute Wound Service (PAWS) - West
The staff of the Pediatric Acute Wound Service (PAWS) are specially trained in burn and wound care, and treat children in the hospital and as outpatients. With PAWS, children who do not necessarily need to be hospitalized can have their wound issues addressed daily or several times a week in an outpatient setting.
The PAWS team works to evaluate each child’s needs, including areas such as nutrition, child life services, psychological services, occupational/physical therapy, and pain management, to coordinate a specialized treatment plan. Appointments are made by referral only from a physician.
Types of wounds treated:
- Pressure sores
- Surgical wounds
- Wounds caused by trauma
- Pilonidal cysts
- Gastrostomy site breakdown
Your child may also be a candidate for wound care treatment if he/she has a wound that has not started to heal in two weeks or is not completely healed in six weeks.
Ease of Access, Free Parking
It’s very easy for families to access Children’s Hospital at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. The unit is located on the first floor of the new East Pavilion building on the eastern end of the Medical Center. Parking is FREE and the lot is directly next to the East Pavilion. There is a separate entrance for the pediatric unit.
Click here for a referral to a Washington University pediatric specialist at St. Louis Children's Hospital, or call the St. Louis Children's Hospital Answer Line at (800) 678-KIDS.
Important Phone Numbers
- 314-996-KIDS (5437) Emergency/Inpatient Unit
- 314-996-6639 Nursery
- 314-996-5571 Special Care Nursery
- 314-996-7412 Radiology