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pediatric triage in trauma

Sarah B Cairo, Malachi Fisher, Brian Clemency, Charlotte Cipparone, Evelyn Quist, Kathryn D Bass
PURPOSE: Patient triage to the appropriate destination is critical to prehospital trauma care. Triage decisions are challenging in a region without collocated pediatric and adult trauma centers. METHODS: A regional survey was administered to emergency medical response units identifying variability and confusion regarding factors influencing patient disposition. A course was developed to guide the triage of pediatric and pregnant trauma patients. Pre- and posttests were administered to address course principles, including decision making and triage...
February 11, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Michael B Mwandri, Timothy C Hardcastle
BACKGROUND: Botswana is notable among countries with high rates of Road Traffic Collisions (RTC); like many other lower-middle-income countries (LMICs), it lacks trauma systems. The World Health Organization recommends 'Essential Trauma Care' in countries with no formal trauma systems. The proportion of injuries in Emergency Departments and the care process were investigated to gain an overview for enabling the design of a relevant LMICs trauma system. METHOD: Blunt and penetrating trauma patients were included from three major hospitals, examining the proportion of injuries, patient characteristics, the care process and comparing these between pediatrics and adults...
February 15, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Chiaki Toida, Takashi Muguruma, Takeru Abe, Mafumi Shinohara, Masayasu Gakumazawa, Naoki Yogo, Aya Shirasawa, Naoto Morimura
BACKGROUND: Triage has an important role in providing suitable care to the largest number of casualties in a disaster setting, but there are no secondary triage methods suitable for children. This study developed a new secondary triage method named the Pediatric Physiological and Anatomical Triage Score (PPATS) and compared its accuracy with current triage methods. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of pediatric patients under 16 years old transferred to an emergency center from 2014 to 2016 was performed...
February 12, 2018: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Sandra R DiBrito, Marcelo Cerullo, Seth D Goldstein, Susan Ziegfeld, Dylan Stewart, Isam W Nasr
BACKGROUND: Discordant assessments of Glasgow Coma Score (GCS) following trauma can result in inappropriate triage. This study sought to determine the reliability of prehospital GCS compared to emergency department (ED) GCS. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of traumas from 01/2000 to 12/2015 at a Level-1 pediatric trauma center. We evaluated reliability between field and ED GCS using Pearson's correlation. We ascertained the difference between prehospital and ED GCS (delta-GCS)...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Andrea N Doud, Samantha L Schoell, Jennifer W Talton, Ryan T Barnard, John K Petty, Joel D Stitzel, Ashley A Weaver
BACKGROUND: Occult injuries are those likely to be missed on initial assessment by first responders and, though initially asymptomatic, they may present suddenly and lead to rapid patient decompensation. No scoring systems to quantify the occultness of pediatric injuries have been established. Such a scoring system will be useful in the creation of an Advanced Automotive Crash Notification (AACN) system that assists first responders in making triage decisions following a motor vehicle crash (MVC)...
January 19, 2018: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
Itai Gross, Daniel J Weiss, Elior Eliasi, Miklosh Bala, Saar Hashavya
BACKGROUND: Electric bike (e-bike) usage is growing worldwide, and so is the e-bike-related injury rate. OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to characterize e-bike-related injuries. METHODS: Data of all e-bike-related injuries presenting to our level I trauma center between 2014 and 2016 were collected and analyzed. Adult and pediatric (<18 years of age) e-bike-related injuries were then analyzed separately and compared. RESULTS: Forty-eight patients suffering from e-bike-related injuries presented to our trauma center between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Yurena Aguilar de la Red, Gema Manrique Martín, Gloria Guerrero López, Concepción González Herrero, Paula López Vázquez, Concepción Míguez Navarro
INTRODUCTION: An inadequate pain management is common in the emergency department. Our objective was to analyze pain management among children with an orofacial infection or trauma in the emergency department and to assess compliance and satisfaction with analgesia prescribed at discharge. POPULATION AND METHODS: Cross-sectional, observational and analytical study in children attending the emergency department for an orofacial infection or trauma over 2 months. Pain management in the emergency department, analgesia prescribed at home and, following a call to parents, treatment provided and its adequacy to control pain were registered...
February 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Federico Solla, Joseph Carboni, Arnaud Fernandez, Audrey Dupont, Nathalie Chivoret, Gilles Brézac, Virginie Rampal, Jean Bréaud
PURPOSE: To describe the most severe casualties from the July 14th, 2016 terror attack in Nice that were treated at the Lenval University Children's Hospital (LUCH) of Nice (France). METHODS: Retrospective study about casualties treated at LUCH from Bastille Day Attack with injuries resulting in the need for surgery, resuscitation, or death. The type of lesions and surgery, duration of hospitalizations, complications, psychological status, and outcome at discharge were collected...
January 9, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Annelie Slaar, M M Fockens, Junfeng Wang, Mario Maas, David J Wilson, J Carel Goslings, Niels Wl Schep, Rick R van Rijn
BACKGROUND: Pediatric cervical spine injury (CSI) after blunt trauma is rare. Nonetheless, missing these injuries can have severe consequences. To prevent the overuse of radiographic imaging, two clinical decision tools have been developed: The National Emergency X-Radiography Utilization Study (NEXUS) criteria and the Canadian C-spine Rule (CCR). Both tools are proven to be accurate in deciding whether or not diagnostic imaging is needed in adults presenting for blunt trauma screening at the emergency department...
December 7, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Shahrokh Yousefzadeh Chabok, Fatemeh Ranjbar Taklimie, Reza Malekpouri, Alireza Razzaghi
PURPOSE: Pediatric trauma is one of the major health problems around the world which threats the life of children. The survival of injured children depends upon appropriate care, accurate triage and effective emergent surgery. The objective of this study was to determine the predictive values of injury severity score (ISS), new injury severity score (NISS) and revised trauma score (RTS) on children's mortality, hospitalization and need for surgery. METHODS: In this study, records of trauma patients under 15 years old transported from a trauma scene to emergency department of Poursina hospital from 2010 to 2011 were included...
December 2017: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
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Large-scale catastrophic events and infectious disease outbreaks highlight the need for disaster planning at all community levels. Features unique to the obstetric population (including antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and neonatal care) warrant special consideration in the event of a disaster. Pregnancy increases the risks of untoward outcomes from various infectious diseases. Trauma during pregnancy presents anatomic and physiologic considerations that often can require increased use of resources such as higher rates of cesarean delivery...
December 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Large-scale catastrophic events and infectious disease outbreaks highlight the need for disaster planning at all community levels. Features unique to the obstetric population (including antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and neonatal care) warrant special consideration in the event of a disaster. Pregnancy increases the risks of untoward outcomes from various infectious diseases. Trauma during pregnancy presents anatomic and physiologic considerations that often can require increased use of resources such as higher rates of cesarean delivery...
December 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Andrea N Doud, Samantha L Schoell, Jennifer W Talton, Ryan T Barnard, John K Petty, J Wayne Meredith, R Shayn Martin, Joel D Stitzel, Ashley A Weaver
BACKGROUND: Triage decision correctness for children in motor vehicle crashes can be affected by occult injuries. There is a need to develop a transfer score (TS) metric for children that can help quantify the likelihood that an injury is present that would require transfer to a trauma center (TC) from a non-TC, and improve triage decision making. Ultimately, the TS metric might be useful in an advanced automatic crash notification algorithm, which uses vehicle telemetry data to predict the risk of serious injury after a motor vehicle crash using an approach that includes metrics to describe injury severity, time sensitivity, and predictability...
January 2018: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Andrew Nordin, Alan Coleman, Junxin Shi, Krista Wheeler, Henry Xiang, Shannon Acker, Denis Bensard, Brian Kenney
PURPOSE: In adults, shock index (SI; heart rate/systolic blood pressure) >0.9 predicts injury severity and trauma outcomes. However, age-adjusted shock index (SIPA) out-performs SI in blunt trauma patients 4-16years old. We sought to confirm these findings and expand this tool to include penetrating trauma and children aged 1-4years. METHODS: We developed cutoff values for patients 1-3years old using age-based vital signs and queried the 2014 Pediatric Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) database for patients aged 1-16years sustaining blunt or penetrating trauma...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Theerada Chandee, Vivian H Lyons, Monica S Vavilala, Vijay Krishnamoorthy, Nophanan Chaikittisilpa, Arraya Watanitanon, Abhijit V Lele
OBJECTIVES: To characterize admission patterns, critical care resource utilization, and outcomes in moderate pediatric traumatic brain injury. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: National Trauma Data Bank. PATIENTS: Children under 18 years old with a diagnosis of moderate traumatic brain injury (admission Glasgow Coma Scale score of 9-13) in the National Trauma Data Bank between 2007 and 2014. MEASUREMENT AND MAIN RESULTS: We examined clinical characteristics, critical care resource utilization, and discharge outcomes...
December 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Jocelyn Gravel, Serge Gouin, Annie Canuel, Benoît Mâsse
INTRODUCTION: The C-3PO rule has been validated for use by emergency physicians to identify young children at risk of skull fracture following head trauma. The use of the rule by triage nurses could improve patient flow in the emergency department. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the interobserver agreement of triage nurses and emergency physicians in the interpretation of the C-3PO rule in a pediatric emergency department. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study performed in a consecutive sample of children visiting a single emergency department...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
Aodhnait S Fahy, Cornelius A Thiels, Stephanie F Polites, Maile Parker, Michael B Ishitani, Christopher R Moir, Kathleen Berns, James R Stubbs, Donald H Jenkins, Scott P Zietlow, Martin D Zielinski
PURPOSE: Prehospital transfusions are a novel yet increasingly accepted intervention in the adult population as part of remote damage control resuscitation, but prehospital transfusions remain controversial in children. Our purpose was to review our pediatric prehospital transfusion experience over 12 years to describe the safety of prehospital transfusion in appropriately triaged trauma and nontrauma patients. METHODS: Children (<18 years) transfused with packed red blood cells (pRBC) or plasma during transport to a single regional academic medical center between 2002 and 2014 were identified...
July 2017: Pediatric Surgery International
Hilary A Hewes, Mathew Christensen, Peter P Taillac, N Clay Mann, Kammy K Jacobsen, Stephen J Fenton
BACKGROUND: With increasing attention to the quality of health care delivery, evaluating trauma triage decisions in a large system of emergency care can help decision makers reduce mortality, morbidity, unnecessary transfers, and health care costs. OBJECTIVES: To quantify the magnitude of pediatric traumatic injury undertriage (hospital mortality risk) and overtriage (early trauma center discharge after transfer) in a statewide trauma system. METHODS: A statewide population-based evaluation of pediatric trauma outcomes and secondary triage (interfacility transfers) patterns from 2001 to 2013 among 45 hospitals in Utah's statewide trauma system...
October 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Jessica A Zagory, Minna M Wieck, Brooke E Lerner, Suzanne Moody, Richard A Falcone, Rita V Burke
BACKGROUND: Despite the presence of a tiered in-hospital trauma triage system for the past decade, trauma centers still struggle with a definitive list of highest level activation criteria. In 2002, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) mandated 6 criteria for highest level activation. However, it is unknown if pediatric trauma centers follow these criteria. The purpose of this study is to identify and categorize the highest level pediatric trauma criteria used by pediatric trauma centers in the United States...
May 23, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
Juan P Gurria, Lynn Haas, Misty Troutt, Suzanne Moody, Md Monir Hossain, Mohammad Alfrad Nobel Bhuiyan, Richard A Falcone
BACKGROUND: Appropriate and timely triage is an essential component of a trauma system. In the state of Ohio, there are 6 verified pediatric trauma centers (PTCs) across 8 state regions. The purpose of this study was to better understand the pediatric undertriage rates in the state. METHODS: We used the Ohio Trauma Registry from 2007 to 2012, consisting of 14,045 records of children younger than 16 years admitted to a hospital for more than 48 hours or who sustained a traumatic death...
June 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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