Children's Hospital is the only free standing pediatric hospital in Wisconsin, providing primary care to children in the Milwaukee area, Level I trauma care, and tertiary care to patients from a wide referral base including Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There is a very busy 72-bed PICU and Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program, as well as an active pediatric transport team. The hospital is directly linked to the Medical College of Wisconsin by a skywalk, and to other major teaching hospitals of the Medical College (Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital and the Eye Institute) by the Bridge Building. The Bridge Building houses the adult and pediatric emergency departments, Milwaukee County Paramedic Base, and the Flight-for-Life transport program.
The Emergency Department and Trauma Center of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is staffed by 19 PEM faculty members and 9 PEM fellows in the Emergency Medicine Section of the Department of Pediatrics. We are involved in teaching medical students, pre-hospital providers, and residents in pediatrics, emergency medicine, and family practice. Our group is active in clinical research in various areas of pediatric emergency medicine including trauma, injury prevention, asthma, head trauma, violence, adolescent issues, pain management, sedation and outcome measures for common interventions. We participate in the PECARN network and are actively involved in the head trauma and cervical spine studies coordinated by this network.
The Pediatric Emergency Department of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is adjacent to the Adult Emergency Department of Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, with side-by-side triage areas and trauma resuscitation suites. Although each department functions independently, the close proximity provides a unique setting for sharing of knowledge and teaching opportunities. Easily accessible formal conferences include Pediatric Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, and multi-disciplinary trauma conferences. We are involved in pre-hospital direction of care for critically ill and injured pediatric patients through the Milwaukee County Paramedic Base.