A message from:
Dr. Lynn Model
Pediatric Trauma Director at Maimonides Children’s Hospital
I am often asked why the community needs a Pediatric Trauma Center. The answer is simple: Because it saves children’s lives. Many people are surprised to learn that trauma is the #1 killer of children from age 1 to 18. In trauma care, we have one critical hour – starting from the moment that a person is injured - to do our best work to save their life. We also know that prompt arrival at a trauma center increases a patient’s chance of survival by 25% versus going to a non-trauma center ER.
Our Pediatric Trauma Center is an extensive set of facilities and personnel which integrate to deliver a system of care to injured children. It includes the emergency medical technicians who bring trauma patients in as soon as possible, the trauma surgeons like myself, and the ER physicians and nurses on the ‘front line,’ who respond to the patient arriving in the Emergency Room and are on-call in the hospital 24/7.
In the trauma bay, we have a collection of sophisticated equipment set up precisely to quickly assess, diagnose and treat immediate life threatening injuries, including performing surgeries if need be. But the care doesn’t stop there. The Pediatric Trauma Center also includes physicians on-call 24/7 from subspecialties like Pediatric Orthopedics, Plastic surgery, Neurosurgery, Ear Nose and Throat, and Anesthesiology for emergency operations.
We also have specialists who review trauma patient care on a daily basis to assure that the care we provide is up to the very highest standards.
The system of care continues in our Children’s Hospital, where pediatric hospital physicians on the wards and ICUs help care for the critically injured children. Recovery also includes rehabilitation services, social work services, and the efforts of Child Life specialists who deliver music and play therapy to help children and their families maintain a sense of normalcy throughout their stay.
On top of medical care, the Pediatric Trauma Center also provides community education programs and safety information on issues like proper bike helmet and car seat use, and mass casualty preparedness.
As we look forward to the upcoming Benefit, I take this opportunity to say thank you, Community for Kids, for helping us save more children’s lives through your generous support of the Pediatric Trauma Center.