Pediatric trauma and polytrauma pediatric patients

Yigit S. Guner, Henri R. Ford, Jeffrey S. Upperman

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Abstract

The latest version of the pediatric report of the National Trauma Databank (NTDB) contains 221,451 records from U.S. trauma centers from 2000 to 2004 [1]. In this report, blunt mechanisms of injury including motor vehicle crashes (43%) and falls from a height (19.9%) account for the majority of injuries, whereas penetrating injuries comprise only 9% of the total [1]. Trauma is the leading cause of death in children between ages 1 and 14 years in the United States [2]. Injury-related death in childhood is also a global problem as it is the leading cause of death in both industrial and developing countries [3]. Nearly 16,000,000 children visit emergency departments for injuries each year. Of those, 15,000 die and 20,000 are disabled. There are nearly 10 million pediatric injury-related primary care visits in the U.S. annually [4]. In fact, injury is the principal reason for medical spending for children 5-14 years of age [2]. These figures underscore the public health impact of pediatric trauma in contemporary society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDamage Control Management in the Polytrauma Patient
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages331-356
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9780387895079
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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    Guner, Y. S., Ford, H. R., & Upperman, J. S. (2010). Pediatric trauma and polytrauma pediatric patients. In Damage Control Management in the Polytrauma Patient (pp. 331-356). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-89508-6_19