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J Fla Med Assoc. 1996 Jan;83(1):23-6.

Experiences in the first year. Community hospital pediatric trauma center.

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Trauma Services, Broward General Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale.


Demographic and outcome variables of children seen in a community hospital Level II pediatric trauma center are described and patterns of injury classified according to different mechanisms. Records were reviewed retrospectively of 184 patients seen over a one year period, 63% were male and the peak age group was 13-15 years (31%). Descriptive and nonparametric statistics were used to analyze the data. Mechanisms of injury included pedestrian vs auto (27%), falls (23%), motor vehicle occupants (18%), bicycle vs auto (17%), sports injuries (3%), motorcycle crashes (2%), gunshot wounds (2%), and stabbings (2%). Penetrating injuries had higher average trauma scores but blunt injuries were associated with higher mortality. Demographics and mechanisms of injury were similar to national studies. Emphasis on the use of pediatric trauma scores by emergency medical personnel is suggested to decrease the over-triage rate. The frequency of bicycle injuries and lack of helmet use prompted a major helmet promotion campaign.

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