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Description: The treatment of adult trauma patients within an evidence-based system of care has been a tenet following the advent of trauma centers in the 1960’s. Pediatric trauma centers followed soon after. Similar methods of triage and a systems approach to injuries apply to both populations. However, differences in anatomy, pathophysiology, and injury patterns can lead to delays in definitive care and increased morbidity. Using a case-based approach, the presenters will illustrate the need for EMS medical directors to bring pediatric trauma patient disposition to the same level of performance as adult standards.
- Use their knowledge of field triage guidelines to revise pediatric transportation determination procedures.
- Identify training opportunities to educate providers under their direction to reliably recognize emergent vs non-emergent pediatric trauma patients.
Critique trauma transport decisions through the performance improvement process within agencies under their direction