Pediatric Emergency Services

Henry Mayo provides specialized treatment for young patients in the emergency department.




Doctor and pediatric patient

For more than 23 years, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has been an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP). That designation means that the Santa Clarita Valley’s youngest patients, from babies to tweens, receive specialized care when they need it the most. 

“To be an EDAP hospital, you have to go through rigorous compliance standards set by the County of Los Angeles Emergency Medical Services, including completing a pediatric emergency course every four years,” said Teri Sullivan, RN, and Clinical Education Specialist at Henry Mayo.

Children comprise approximately 20 
percent of the 5,800 emergency room patients each month at Henry Mayo, with symptoms ranging from fevers and upper respiratory infections to traumas including orthopedic injuries and lacerations, 
according to Darrin Privett, MD, Emergency Medicine Attending Physician, Base Hospital Director, and EDAP Director.

"We are the only hospital in the Santa Clarita Valley and a Level II Trauma Center, so it’s important we can provide emergency services to our pediatric population." —Darrin Privett, MD, EDAP Director

“We are the only hospital in the Santa Clarita Valley and a Level II Trauma  Center, so it’s important we can provide emergency services to our pediatric population,” Privett said. “As board-certified emergency medical physicians, we are certified to treat, diagnose and take care of all pediatric emergencies.”

A host of pediatric equipment is kept on hand in Henry Mayo’s Emergency Department at all times, contained in a special Broselow cart with colored drawers that specify the size of equipment needed based on the weight of a child. Additionally, the EDAP program at Henry Mayo is staffed with pediatric intensivists, who play a crucial role in each child’s treatment.

“Intensivists manage and treat pediatric patients after they are admitted as an  inpatient. They provide valuable care and any necessary treatment of the pediatric patient,” Privett said. IYHFactors that put a patient at risk include diabetes, smoking, age, genetic predisposition and a sedentary lifestyle. Information is provided to patients in treatment and those identified as being high risk at screenings in an effort to put them on the path to better vascular health.

“Prevention through community education is of great importance here at Henry Mayo,” Dolan said.