As a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital strives to provide optimal trauma care for injured children. Pediatric trauma care offers unique challenges as age-dependent anatomy and cognitive variability in children creates special considerations for injury patterns, diagnosis and treatment. As it is often stated, children are not merely small adults, but unique and continually developing systems with respect to anatomic size, shape, cognitive understanding and physiologic response to trauma. Adding to the complexity for many centers, pediatric trauma events are often high stress but low frequency. Because of this, it is helpful to have clear guidelines of practice. The resources contained on this page are provided as tools for clinical personnel who care for pediatric trauma patients. The guidelines here are not all encompassing and should be used in conjunction with other resource material available.
Protocols & Bundles (For Print)
- Head Injury Bundle (PDF)
- Massive Transfusion Protocol for Pediatric and Adult Patients
- Pediatric Burn Resources (This is an internal link and can only be viewed on a UMHS server.)
- Solid Organ Injury Clinical Practice Guideline (PDF)
- Thoracic and Aortic Injuries (PDF)
Free Pediatric Trauma CME
The Pediatric Trauma Program has developed the “Mott Building Block CME Outreach Activity” in an effort to assist physicians, nurses, and paramedics attain pediatric trauma specific continuing education. Developed in conjunction with Michigan Medicine clinicians from various specialties, the free publications present topics related to pediatric trauma care, followed by a short knowledge verification quiz. Upon successful completion of the quiz, physicians will receive 1.0 AMA/PRA category credit CME. The quiz will also provide nursing participants with 1.0 CEU credit and are approved as EMS credit for EMS personnel by the MDHHS.
To view the activity and take the quiz, choose the topic of interest from the provided list. You will be directed to the MiCME website where you will create an account, or sign into your previously created account.
- Sign in to your MiCME account (new users: Create a MiCME account tutorial)
- In the navigation bar, hover over Find CME Activities, and then click on E-Learning Activities
- Select the activity you wish to complete (topic name)
- Click the Enroll button to activate the document, post-test, and evaluation
- When all requirements have been met, a Print Certificate button will appear.
- Care of Pediatric Dog Bites (PDF)
- Pediatric Airway Management (PDF)
- Pediatric Burn Care (PDF)
- Pediatric Fluid Resuscitation (PDF)
- Pediatric Orthopedic Emergencies (PDF)
- Pediatric Solid Organ Injury Management (PDF)
- The Role of Imaging in Pediatric Physical Abuse (PDF)
- Sedation in the Pediatric Patient (PDF)
The Trauma Research Program is multidisciplinary and includes pediatric surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, rehabilitation, critical care, and emergency medicine. The trauma medical program members are active participants of the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Research Center and the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), a nationally-funded research network with a major focus in pediatric trauma. Projects to reduce risk-taking behavior, post-traumatic stress and trauma recidivism are planned for the future. A new collaboration between the Trauma Program and the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute will develop an electronic method of monitoring bicycle helmet use in children.
Transfer Information: 1-800-822-2233
Referring physician and Survival Flight will discuss:
- Patient's medical history, vital signs, physical exam, laboratory values, radiographic data
- Treatment interventions that have already taken place and patient response
- Parental awareness of and consent for transport
The communication specialist will notify the transport team, allowing for dispatch either by ground or air as soon as requested. An estimated time of arrival will be given and updated as necessary.
At time of transport, referring hospital should supply:
- Copies of patient's medical record, laboratory values, radiographic studies
- Referring and private physicians' addresses, phone and fax numbers