Pediatric trauma. Anesthesia management.
Prevention of childhood injury remains the cornerstone of reducing the number of children who present for post-traumatic surgical intervention. Beyond prevention, the next best step is the accurate diagnosis and treatment of traumatic injury. Anesthesiologists contribute to this step by providing timely resuscitation and optimal care to avoid secondary injury. This article classifies trauma in children into different categories depending on the location of the injury. Trauma, of course, is rarely focal, and is often a multisystem entity. With knowledge in management for each subset of trauma, one may be efficient in prioritizing injury and have a good understanding of the appropriate management of the pediatric patient with multiple traumatic injuries.
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