Improving outcomes in pediatric trauma care: Essential characteristics of the trauma center

M. Margaret Knudson*, Jennifer McGrath

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The best outcome after pediatric injury can be anticipated when the entire trauma team is prepared, knowledgeable, and appreciative of the unique aspects of pediatric trauma and pays strict attention to all aspects of the care of the injured child. Five aspects should be considered essential elements in the delivery of care by any trauma team: preparation, equipment, and training; prevention of secondary insults after brain injury; the ability to recognize when nonoperative therapy should not be attempted or when it should be abandoned; consideration of the psychological impact of injury on a child; and, the role of trauma centers in injury prevention. Each of these areas encompasses important unanswered questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S140-S142
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Volume63
Issue number6 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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