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Pediatric Polytrauma Management

  • Heike Jakob
  • Thomas Lustenberger
  • Dorien Schneidmüller
  • Anna L. Sander
  • Felix Walcher
  • Ingo MarziEmail author
Focus on Pediatric Polytrauma

Abstract

Caring for pediatric trauma patients requires an understanding of the distinct anatomy and pathophysiology of the pediatric population compared to adult trauma patients. Initial evaluation, management, and resuscitation are performed as a multidisciplinary approach including pediatric physicians, trauma surgeons, and pediatric intensive care physicians. Head injury severity is the principle determinant of outcome and mortality in polytraumatized children. Abdominal injuries rarely require surgery in contrast to adults, but need to be detected. Spine and pelvic injuries as well as injuries of the extremities require age-adapted surgical procedures. However, the degree of recovery in polytraumatized children is often remarkable, even after apparently devastating injuries. Maximal care should, therefore, be rendered under the assumption that a complete recovery will be made.

Key Words

Pediatric polytrauma Injury pattern Trauma room management Critical care 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heike Jakob
    • 1
  • Thomas Lustenberger
    • 1
  • Dorien Schneidmüller
    • 1
  • Anna L. Sander
    • 1
  • Felix Walcher
    • 1
  • Ingo Marzi
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Trauma, Hand and Reconstructive SurgeryJohann Wolfgang Goethe University Medical SchoolFrankfurt/MainGermany
  2. 2.Department of Trauma, Hand and Reconstructive SurgeryJohann Wolfgang Goethe University Medical SchoolFrankfurt/MainGermany

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