Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Pediatric Emergency Room

Welcome to the Pediatric Emergency Medicine division of the UK Department of Emergency Medicine.  We are a rapidly growing and developing division under the umbrella of the department of emergency medicine.  We’re really excited to tell you about the Pediatric ED.  Aside from our state of the art facility opened in 2010, we have a fantastic group of faculty, pediatric-specific nurses, and pediatric resources at our disposal.

We believe that children are not just small adults. They need specialists and equipment designed to care for their unique needs. All of the emergency medicine physicians working in the pediatric emergency center are board certified in emergency medicine. The staff is emergency medicine trained with specialty experience in pediatrics. That makes our team especially well prepared to care for children.


Residency Information

Our residents get a great pediatric experience with critical patients, both medical and traumatic.  We are one of only two pediatric Level I trauma centers in the state of Kentucky and have just developed a joint pediatric cardiac surgery collaboration with the University of Cincinnati—so our exposure to pediatric cardiology has just gotten that much better.  Residents from Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Medicine/Pediatrics, and Family Medicine all rotate through the Peds ED and gain a very valuable experience. We also have a number of medical students that regularly rotate through. We love to teach and have a great group of educators—both faculty and residents.

Our Facility

Our facility, the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center is a state of the art pediatric emergency department in the heart of Kentucky, serving central, southern, and eastern Kentucky children since its opening in 2010.  With about 24,000 pediatric visits annually, the volume has nearly doubled over the last six years and has been designed and furnished with kids in mind.

The Waiting Area

The waiting area is decorated in a child-oriented manner and features a play table, an interactive wall, and a computer play station area to keep children distracted and entertained while they wait. There is a separate area for those who would prefer quiet. Exam rooms feature smaller beds and child-friendly decorations. Each room has a flat-screen television that can be used for patient education or entertainment.

General Features

The Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center includes:

  • 10 standard exam rooms, two high-acuity “crisis” rooms and two triage rooms.
  • Private consultation rooms for families in special circumstances.
  • Proximity to the UK Level 1 Trauma Center, the only one in the state verified by the American College of Surgeons for pediatric trauma patients.
  • Kid-friendly decór.
  • Distinct patient, staff and family areas in each exam room.
  • Wi-Fi coverage in waiting areas.
  • Televisions in the waiting areas and in each room for patient education and entertainment.
  • Direct access to nearby radiology for efficient diagnostic evaluation.
  • 24/7 support of the full range of pediatric specialists associated with Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
  • Rooms with full service capability of medical gases, exam light and monitoring. Crisis rooms have ICU booms and increased monitoring capability.

For Families

Within the overall Chandler Emergency Department, families visiting the Makenna David Pediatric Center will also benefit from:

  • Easy entry to triage from the Welcome Center.
  • A front door ambassador to assist with wayfinding, communication and comfort.
  • Treatment rooms that “swing” for adult or pediatric patients depending upon need.
  • Collaboration of ED staff, architects and facility experts to create the most efficient work space possible.
  • Careful attention to color palette, artwork and lighting to create a comfortable, healing environment.
  • Pneumatic tube system to improve lab turnaround time and support faster diagnosis.
  • Designated eye, ear, nose and throat/dental room.
  • 100% computerized physician order entry.
  • A “quiet ED” concept that significantly reduces overhead announcements by using specialized phone paging and other communication devices.
  • Mobile computer carts that allow staff to register patients at bedside. Mobile X-ray carts, an ED endoscopy cart and other mobile carts speed the delivery of care to the patient.
  • Digital touch-screen “expect” boards at ambulance entry enable EMS crews to announce their arrival, improving communication and patient processing.
  • Ongoing services improvements that have dramatically reduced the time from arrival to triage and arrival to seeing a doctor, as well as the overall length of stay.

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