At Boston Children's Hospital, we know that treating pediatric trauma is different from treating adults, and requires special experience and skill. One the many strengths of our hospital is the multidisciplinary pediatric expertise that comes together for our patients' care—physicians, nurses, social work professionals and others—all highly experienced in serving the special needs of injured children and their families.
Because trauma cases are often complex, our multidisciplinary teams of medical and surgical doctors from emergency medicine, neurosurgery, orthopedics and other specialties coordinate with the Trauma Team as needed, to provide injured kids with the very best care.
Our comprehensive Trauma Center is guided by the following seven-fold mission:
- Deliver the best patient care available.
- Enhance family satisfaction, education and resources.
- Promote research, education and prevention in pediatric trauma.
- Accept all referrals of injured children through 21 years of age.
- Provide educational opportunities for nurses, pre-hospital providers and physicians on pediatric trauma and related issues.
- Collaborate with the hospital, EMS and community outreach in injury prevention programs, health fairs and other community prevention-related activities.
- Provide patient follow-up for referring institutions on- and off-site.
Our Brain Injury Center ...
... is the premier center of its kind in New England. The center coordinates care across several services—including the Trauma Center, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Sports Medicine and Neuropsychology—to enhance the health and well-being of our patients, minimize their distress, and prevent longer-term difficulties. Access to acute care and follow-up care is an essential component of this multidisciplinary center.
... is the nickname for the Orthopedic Trauma Database, an ongoing tracking study that will influence how specialists in Children’s Orthopedic Trauma Program care for children by providing accurate, comprehensive tracking and outcomes data.
The operating room (OR) is an important part of the Trauma Center. Attending pediatric anesthesiologists are in-house 24/7. So they're immediately available to provide care for injured infants and children at a moment's notice.
Our anesthesiologists are experts in evaluating and managing the most complex patient conditions, and they respond directly to the Emergency Department for our most severely injured children.
The Med-Surg ICU ...
Children's 30-bed Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) is one of the highest-volume pediatric intensive care units in the United States. Each year, we care for more than 2,000 critically ill children—from newborns to college students—across a full spectrum of childhood injuries and illnesses.