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Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Emergency Entrance Sign on building exterior

Our Emergency Department (ED) is by far one of the busiest paediatric emergency departments in Canada with approximately 200-300 visits per day.  Approximately 82,000 children and their families will visit the ED each year with various needs. Regardless of the reason for these visits, we strive to provide courteous and efficient care at all times.  

We are the primary care paediatric hospital for the downtown core of Toronto and the tertiary paediatric referral centre for the Greater Toronto Area. We are also the paediatric trauma centre for Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area with approximately 200 major trauma cases managed per year in our ED.

Our team of highly trained and experienced staff deal with a wide spectrum of illnesses, injuries and traumas. Our ability to promptly respond to these children comes from our strong commitment to clinical excellence, education and research. To ensure that the sickest patients are seen first, we use a two-tiered triage system.  T1 quickly identifies children who are ill and require more urgent assessment. T2 encompasses the completion of a focused history and physical exam by an experienced nurse who assigns of one of five P-CTAS scores (Paediatric Canadian Triage Acuity System). 

For patients and families wanting to learn more about coming to the SickKids Emergency Department, visit the Coming to Emergency page.

Who we are

It takes a very dedicated and unique team to provide the quality of care and compassion each of our patients deserve, and we are proud of our outstanding team of health-care professionals.

Research activities

The Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine carries out research in many different areas. Read more here...