Pediatric Trauma and Burn Services

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Emergency Department team and Airlift Northwest with a pediatric patient.

Your children may never experience a life-threatening trauma or burn. But if they do, Harborview Medical Center is here to help.

Did you know?

  • Harborview is the only Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma and regional burn center in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. A Level 1 trauma center provides the highest level of critical care around the clock.
  • Harborview treats more than 1,000 pediatric trauma patients each year. Most of these children have been injured by car crashes, burns or falls.
  • Harborview partners with Seattle Children’s to provide care for children who are admitted to Harborview as a result of trauma. 
  • Harborview has pediatric physicians and pediatricians who work here.
  • If rehabilitation is necessary, pediatric patients are sent to Seattle Children's for their care.

Tips to help children avoid the emergency department

Harborview treats more than 1,000 pediatric trauma patients each year. Keep your children safe by following these tips:

  • Prevent falls out of windows. Window screens do not keep children from falling. Install guards or stops to keep windows from opening more than four inches.
  • Keep children at a safe distance from fire pits, campfires and barbeque grills.
  • Wear a life jacket, swim with a buddy and know your limits. Never leave children alone near pools or other bodies of water.
  • Teach teens safe driving skills. Make sure they avoid texting while driving or walking. Enforce the new driver license limits on passengers. When a 16-year-old has two friends in the car, the risk of a crash triples.
  • Wear helmets and protective gear for recreational and sporting activities.
  • Don’t let children younger than 10 cross the street alone. They may have difficulty judging speed and distance.
  • Buckle up. Car and booster seats are required for children younger than 8 and shorter than four feet, nine inches.

Safe Kids Seattle works to prevent falls and burns; to make biking, sports and walking safer; and to keep kids safe in and around water. Harborview Medical Center is the lead agency for Safe Kids Seattle. Coalition members include the Seattle Fire Department, the Seattle Police Department, Feet First, Seattle Children’s and UW Neighborhood Clinics.

About Harborview

Harborview is the only Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma and regional burn center serving Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. It is owned by King County, managed by the University of Washington, and part of the UW Medicine system of care.