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Experiences in the first year. Community hospital pediatric trauma center.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8849976     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Demographic and outcome variables of children seen in a community hospital Level II pediatric trauma center are described and patterns of injury classified according to different mechanisms. Records were reviewed retrospectively of 184 patients seen over a one year period, 63% were male and the peak age group was 13-15 years (31%). Descriptive and nonparametric statistics were used to analyze the data. Mechanisms of injury included pedestrian vs auto (27%), falls (23%), motor vehicle occupants (18%), bicycle vs auto (17%), sports injuries (3%), motorcycle crashes (2%), gunshot wounds (2%), and stabbings (2%). Penetrating injuries had higher average trauma scores but blunt injuries were associated with higher mortality. Demographics and mechanisms of injury were similar to national studies. Emphasis on the use of pediatric trauma scores by emergency medical personnel is suggested to decrease the over-triage rate. The frequency of bicycle injuries and lack of helmet use prompted a major helmet promotion campaign.
S Puranik; J Long; D B Dove; S Coffman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Florida Medical Association     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0015-4148     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fla Med Assoc     Publication Date:  1996 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-02-04     Completed Date:  1997-02-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505604     Medline TA:  J Fla Med Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  23-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Trauma Services, Broward General Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale.
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MeSH Terms
Accidental Falls / statistics & numerical data
Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data
Age Factors
Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
Bicycling / injuries,  statistics & numerical data
Child, Preschool
Florida / epidemiology
Head Protective Devices
Health Promotion
Hospitals, Community / statistics & numerical data
Hospitals, Pediatric / statistics & numerical data
Injury Severity Score
Motorcycles / statistics & numerical data
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Retrospective Studies
Sex Factors
Trauma Centers / statistics & numerical data
Wounds and Injuries / classification,  epidemiology*
Wounds, Gunshot / epidemiology
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / epidemiology,  mortality
Wounds, Stab / epidemiology,  mortality

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