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Programs Aim to Standardize Surgical Care for Children Using Trauma Center Model

Wednesday, September 3, 2014  
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For parents, the prospect of a child's surgery can be frightening, with little information on how to pick the best hospital or understand complex procedures.  To help, surgeons have developed a new classification system for pediatric surgical centers according to the level of care they provide, similar to the one that classifies trauma centers. Meanwhile, hospitals are offering new programs to help demystify the risks and benefits of pediatric surgery.  More than five million infants and children undergo surgery each year, ranging from simple outpatient procedures such as tonsillectomies to complex heart-defect repairs that can take 12 hours or more in the operating room. A task force, funded by the American College of Surgeons and the Children's Hospital Association, identified three levels of care modeled on the national trauma center designation system the surgeons' college developed in the 1970s and continues to verify. Early next year, the college will start evaluating participating hospitals' level of pediatric surgical care.  Click here to read moreā€¦..

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