Pediatric trauma at an adult trauma center.

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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.

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Journal of the National Medical Association





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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

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