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For injured teens, pediatric trauma centers may be best

Tuesday, June 28, 2016  
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Injured teens treated at pediatric trauma centers are less likely to die than those treated at adult centers, a new study suggests.  Pediatric trauma centers have resources specialized to treat the anatomical and social needs of children, the authors write.  They had not expected to see any difference in mortality rates between injured adolescents treated at pediatric trauma centers versus adult trauma centers, said coauthor Dr. Randall S. Burd of the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. And based on this one study, he told Reuters Health by email, "It is too premature to conclude that adolescents should preferentially be treated at pediatric trauma centers . . . . From a practical standpoint, pediatric trauma centers do not have the capacity to take on the care of all injured adolescents." The researchers used the National Trauma Data Bank to study nearly 30,000 patients ages 15 to 19 who sustained a blunt injury or were cut, pierced or shot with a firearm in 2010.  Click here to read more.....

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