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Multiply Injured Child

  • Susan Scherl M.D.
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Abstract

Trauma is the leading cause of death and disability in children. Fractures are rarely the cause of mortality in multiply injured children but contribute significantly to morbidity. Regardless of the mechanism causing the multiple injuries, the initial medical management focuses on the life-threatening, non-orthopedic injuries to stabilize the child’s condition. Subsequent optimal treatment of orthopedic injuries, in a timely fashion, decreases the burden of musculoskeletal disability.

Keywords

Child abuse Child restraint systems Damage control orthopedics Falls FAST scan Fluid resuscitation Fractures Golden hour Initial assessment Motor vehicles Multitrauma Non-accidental injury Open fractures Polytrauma Secondary assessment Trauma Trauma centers Trauma rating systems Waddell’s triad 

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  1. 1.Orthopedic SurgeryThe University of NebraskaOmahaUSA

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