Trauma is the leading cause of death of children and teenagers. 1 Children younger than age 4 and teenagers ages 15 to 19 are at the highest risk for traumatic brain injuries (TBI).2 Every year, TBI in children and teens, results in:
- 2,174 deaths
- 35,136 hospitalizations
- 473,947 emergency department visits3
TBIs need a medical plan in step with these patients’ many needs. That is why Children’s developed the Neurocritical Care Program.
About the Neurocritical Care Program
The Children’s Neurocritical Care Program, led by a pediatric neuro-intensivist, works with the Brain Injury Program to help children with TBIs, seizures and brain tumors. Our team has neurosurgeons, trauma surgeons, neuro-intensivists, neurologists and neuroradiologists working together to care for your child. Additionally, our team is a part of all stages of a child’s care, from communicating with ambulances to rehabilitation.
Children’s also has the only dedicated pediatric Level I and Level II trauma centers in the state—a special term given to a hospital because of its transport, emergency surgical, education and injury prevention services. With all these services, we will help children achieve their goals from treatment or surgery.
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Brain Injury Program
Our staff works with the Neurocritical Care Program to help rehabilitate children with TBIs. Our physiatrists—doctors who are trained to deal with pain and rehabilitation—will design a program to fit each child’s needs.
We will make sure that as each child moves to our Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU) he has a complete and workable treatment plan.
The Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has 24-hour coverage from a doctor trained to deal only with children and young adults. Children also will have access to the latest technology, including:
- Portable computed tomography (CT)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring
- Video electroencephalogram (vEEG) monitoring
- 24-hour neurocritical care ICU monitoring
1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Access to Trauma Centers in the United States: Getting the Right Care, at the Right Place, at the Right Time.” Accessed March 25, 2010.
2Langlois JA, Rutland-Brown W, Thomas KE. Traumatic brain injury in the United States: emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nation Center for Injury Prevention and Control; 2006.
3Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "TBI by Age Group: Comparing the numbers." http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pdf/tbi_blue_book_age.pdf Accessed Sept. 29, 2010.