Pediatric trauma at an adult trauma center.
BACKGROUND: Accidental traumatic injury is the number 1 cause of morbidity and mortality in the pediatric population. In this study, we aim to prove that certain pediatric patients can be treated with good outcomes at an adult level 1 trauma center.
METHODS: Retrospective analysis using the Howard University Hospital trauma registry identified 71 patients treated at Howard University Hospital between the ages of 1 and 17 years old. Specific variables were identified and collected for each patient.
RESULTS: The majority of pediatric traumas treated at Howard University Hospital between June 2004 and May 2005 had high survival rates (93%). The patients who did not survive (7%) included 3 patients who were dead on arrival and 2 who died shortly after arrival to the hospital.
CONCLUSIONS: Certain pediatric populations who present with minor and/or isolated injuries can be treated in an adult level 1 trauma center with similar outcomes to treatment in a pediatric level 1 trauma center.
Journal of the National Medical Association
Adolescent; Child; Child, Preschool; District of Columbia; Female; Humans; Infant; Male; Registries; Retrospective Studies; Risk Factors; Survival Analysis; Trauma Centers; Wounds and Injuries
Children; Teens; Trauma Center; Outcomes
Siram, S., Oyetunji, T. A., Khoury, A. L., Walker, S. R., Bolorunduro, O. B., Chang, D. C., Greene, W. R., Cornwell, E. E., Frederick, W. A. Pediatric trauma at an adult trauma center. Journal of the National Medical Association 102, 692-695 (2010).