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Pediatric trauma 

Pediatric trauma
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Pediatric trauma
Author(s):

Daniel Rutigliano

and Barbara A. Gaines

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199777709.003.0023
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date: 10 April 2020

Management of pediatric trauma and the care of critically ill children are complexand evolving fields. Practitionerscaring for these children should take note of the differences in injury patternsas well as the response to injury and critical illness of children in comparison toadults; children should not be managed as “little adults.” Whenever possibleexposure to radiation should be kept to a minimum, non-operative management of solid organ injuries is standard-of-care, and early nutritional support is paramountto recovery. Children with severe traumatic brain injury and/or complexchest and abdominal injuries would best be served by transfer to the nearesthigh-level pediatric facility.

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