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Paediatric emergency care

Unitat d'urgències infantils  Vall d'Hebron

Care for patients under the age of 16 who present a medical or surgical emergency. Care for psychiatric patients is up to the age of 18. Certain patients with very specific, chronic paediatric illnesses are attended even after they reach the age of 18.

The Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Patients arrive of their own volition or are referred from their primary care centre (CAP) or from another hospital.

We have a 24-hour observation ward with 11 beds and an outpatient clinic (Monday- Friday from 9 am to 11 am) for monitoring patients.


Proximity to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (UCI-P), Neonatal Unit (UCI-N) and operating theatres facilitates the referral of children in a critical or surgical condition which requires them.

A leading Paediatric Trauma Primary Care Centre (AITP).

Once the patient's stay in Emergency Care is over, a digital medical report of the family visit is drafted, along with a copy of the complementary examinations carried out, where necessary.

If patients are released, they are referred to their normal paediatrician for monitoring, always following the same line of work.


Education and Training

Training programme for resident paediatric doctors, by means of a four-month rotation and healthcare duty; they undertake a theoretical and practical programme in order to obtain a basic knowledge of the speciality.

As part of the continual training section, periodic clinical and bibliographical sessions are held in the service.

Courses held every year: Emergency care for suspected food poisoning, a paediatric immersion programme for first-year residents, and collaboration in initial paediatric trauma care, a joint course with Primary Care.

Participation in the Catalan Paediatrics Society's Emergency Group, including the presentation of clinical cases.

Paediatric trauma simulation programmes



Participation in multi-centre studies run by the Spanish Society of Paediatric Emergencies (SEUP).

Meningitis register.

Bacteraemia register.

Membership of the Spanish Paediatric Emergency Research Group (RISeuP-SPERG).

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