Trauma Resuscitation and Initial Evaluation


Trauma in the pediatric population remains a leading cause of both morbidity and mortality and is associated with substantial physical, economic, and psychosocial ramifications for children and their caregivers. The initial trauma survey and acute resuscitation share some similarities with the process used for adult patients; however, there are significant differences in the assessment and management of pediatric trauma. These differences are predicated on unique anatomic, physiologic, developmental, and social characteristics. These unique features must be considered during the evaluation of children in the trauma bay to appropriately triage and direct the subsequent care and any adjunct workup that may be indicated.

see also Liver and Spleen Trauma, Pancreatic Trauma, Gastrointestinal Trauma, Genitourinary Trauma, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Trauma, Penetrating Trauma, Burns and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Content in this module is referenced in SCORE Trauma: Initial Assessment and Resuscitation overviewAbdominal Trauma overviewThoracic Trauma overview

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Last updated: March 31, 2023