Acute Assessment and Management of Pediatric Trauma

Welcome to the online curriculum in the acute assessment and management of pediatric trauma patients, hosted by Harborview Medical Center (Seattle, WA) - the designated Level I Pediatric Trauma Center for Washington state and the surrounding WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region. This curriculum is designed primarily for inpatient providers (physicians and nurses) of early care to injured children. It has been specifically designed as a resource to allow providers in adult-designated trauma centers and pediatric-designated trauma centers in Washington state to meet the "Pediatric Education Requirement" (PER) developed by the Washington State Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System, and defined in Washington Administrative Code (WAC 246-976-700). However, the curriculum is also of potential value to all pediatric trauma care providers, both in the inpatient and prehospital settings.

This curriculum is available free of charge to all users/providers, and consists of seven (7) independent modules, each focused on a specific, key topic in pediatric trauma care. Each module contains a 5-question post-test, and can be completed in approximately one hour (i.e., the entire curriculum can be completed in 7 hours or less). The curriculum does not have to be completed in a single setting. The curriculum focuses on the acute assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children with major or multiple injuries, and incorporates guidelines and other key information promoted by several national sources, including Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS, American College of Surgeons), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS, American Heart Association), Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS, American Burn Association), and the Brain Trauma Foundation. The curriculum was developed by pediatric trauma care providers at Harborview Medical Center (University of Washington School of Medicine faculty) and reviewed/approved by the Pediatric Technical Advisory Committee of the Washington State Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Committee (Washington state Department of Health).

Pediatric Trauma Modules

Module 1
Initial Stabilization and Transfer of Pediatric Trauma

Launch Module

Module 2
Pediatric Airway and Breathing

Launch Module

Module 3
Pediatric Shock, including Vascular Access

Launch Module

Module 4
Pediatric Head Injuries

Launch Module

Module 5
Pediatric Blunt Abdominal and Chest Trauma

Launch Module

Module 6
Pediatric Sedation and Analgesia

Launch Module

Module 7
Complications of Pediatric Multi-Organ Trauma and Other Injuries

Launch Module