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Pediatric trauma care presents significant challenges, due to the anatomical and physiologic differences between children and adults. The treatment and management of the two populations are substantially different – so pediatric trauma healthcare professionals have a specialized expertise. 

Why Children's Health℠?

Children’s Health is the nation’s eighth-largest pediatric health care provider. For more than 100 years, Children’s Health has been dedicated to making life better for children afflicted with complex physical and mental conditions that require optimal care.

Recognitions validate our treatment approach and reflect our dedication to excellent health care and service. 

We’ll tailor your child’s trauma care to her individual needs. In this way, we assure that your child will receive the highest levels of care.

Further, our surgeons respect the long-term relationship between children, families, and their pediatricians. Following completion of acute care or surgical treatment—whether it be for traumatic hand injuries, sports-related injuries, a collapsed lung from chest trauma, or any of the other major problems arising from trauma—your child will routinely return for follow-up care.

We’ll be there.

Conditions We Treat

Children who have sustained multiple-system trauma or significant injuries are admitted under the care of an on-call trauma service attending surgeon. Participating surgeons are on the medical staff at Children’s and have privileges to admit and manage critically injured patients. Single system or isolated injuries are managed by surgeons from the following surgical sub-specialty departments:
 

  • General pediatric surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Urology
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery


Our therapeutic approach entails a variety of treatment approaches, including:
 

  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Upper extremity injuries
  • Upper and lower extremity casting and splinting for neurological, congenital or traumatic injuries
  • Hydrotherapy and wound care


In other words, we cover the entire body – the head, torso, hands and feet, as well as the complex internal structures vital to supporting life.

A Standout Specialty: Hand or Wrist Injury

Specialized treatment is available in the area of trauma to the hands or upper extremities.

When your child suffers a traumatic hand or wrist injury, chances are she will be treated by the Congenital and Pediatric Hand Surgery Service in the Department of Plastic Surgery at Children’s Health.

Our philosophy is to treat every hand condition, whether traumatic or congenital, as an extension of the patient as a whole. Our aim is to provide comprehensive restoration of form and function while accounting for your child’s daily activities and overall well-being.

Our surgeons at Children’s Health currently see more than 80 percent of the hand surgery volume and represent the largest pediatric hand specialty group in the Dallas/Fort Worth region.

In addition to hand trauma care (fingertip, tendon, nerve, and fracture management) our hand surgeons also perform the full spectrum of hand and upper extremity care. That means they address congenital hand differences, sports injuries, and tetraplegia and cerebral palsy. Our service is characterized by experience and expertise in peripheral nerve care and brachial plexus reconstruction for traumatic and birth-related injuries.

Consultations are available at Children’s Health main campus and at the Plano campus. Outpatient surgeries are performed at our state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center at CMC Pavilion, and inpatient surgeries are performed at the main campus. All procedures are performed in conjunction with pediatric fellowship-trained anesthesiologists.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Children’s Health embraces a multidisciplinary approach to pediatric trauma to ensure the best possible outcome for your child.

Our multidisciplinary team comprehensively manages the care of injured infants, children and teens – from admission through rehabilitation, and integration back into the community. The team includes the physicians on Children’s Health medical staff, as well as nurses, nurse practitioners, care coordinators, child life specialists, social workers, and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists.

Further, Children’s Health promotes ongoing education for our pediatric physicians. Our Trauma Service provides continuing medical education through monthly Trauma Grand Rounds. Pediatric Grand Rounds is an ongoing forum where participants can discuss new developments in pediatrics and receive information that will enhance physicians’ clinical skills and their ability to diagnose and treat patients. The topics cover all pediatric subspecialties and primary care.

In addition, our Trauma Services’ research program is a vital component of our care, and it is what helped us achieve our Level I trauma center status. A Level I trauma center is capable of providing total care for every element of injury care and management – from prevention through rehabilitation.