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Pediatr Emerg Med Pract. 2019 May 1;16(Suppl 5):1-2.

Points & Pearls: Evaluation and management of pediatric patients with penetrating trauma to the torso

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Associate Professor, Associate Division Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone Health, New York, NY
Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Associate Professor, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellow, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA


Children with penetrating trauma to the torso require careful evaluation of the chest, abdomen, pelvis, and genital structures for system-specific injuries that may contribute to rapid decompensation and influence the order of emergent resuscitation. Care of the injured child and the effect on clinical outcomes starts in the prehospital setting, with hemorrhage control and IV fluid resuscitation. The evaluation and disposition of the patient in the ED will depend on the mechanism of injury and the severity of trauma. This issue reviews the diagnostic evaluation and management of pediatric patients with penetrating injuries to the torso. [Points & Pearls is a digest of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice.].

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