Ed Smith is one of the top rated personal injury lawyers in Sacramento. Pediatric trauma is the leading cause of death among children and the leading cause of disability. The principles of trauma care are the same in children as with adults but there are very big differences in the physiology of children that mean they are treated somewhat differently than adults. Children have different patterns and causes of injury depending on age. For this reason, there is a need for pediatric trauma centers apart from trauma centers dealing with adults.
Children’s injuries usually come from rapid acceleration and deceleration injuries, such as is seen in motor vehicle accidents. Accidents around the home, falls, and bicycle injuries are also major causes of pediatric trauma.
Initial Assessment and Resuscitation of the Injured Child
Simultaneous assessment and resuscitation happen in children who are injured in the same way as it is done in adults. Multiple organ injuries are more common in kids so it is better to assume that every organ is injured until proven otherwise. Continue reading