Pediatric Trauma

Stony Brook Medicine

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    Stony Brook University Hospital is the only Regional Trauma Center (Level I) in Suffolk County as designated by the New York State Department of Health, and admits more than 300 children per year. Injured children are transported by ambulance or helicopter to the Shock Trauma Unit in our Emergency Department, where our trauma team coordinates the initial evaluation and treatment. The Emergency Room has round the clock coverage by our Surgical and Emergency Medicine faculties. Our trauma surgeons are specialized in pediatric trauma surgery; spine exposure; pelvic exposure; and diagnostic endoscopy. Specialty consultation is available 24 hours a day in neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery, and dental and maxillofacial surgery. Victims with major burns also receive highly specialized emergency care in our burn center whose staff works closely with the trauma team.

    The Pediatric Trauma Team at Stony Brook Children’s works closely with the Pediatric Critical Care team to provide advanced tertiary medical care to critically injured children admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Among the sophisticated services we deliver are: continuous renal replacement therapy, high frequency oscillatory ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide therapy, and nutritional support. Our PICU team also provides advance traumatic brain injury management with our neurosurgical specialists. In addition, our trauma team works closely with physical therapy, occupational therapy, child life, and social work services to help injured children recover as fully as possible.

    Because keeping kids safe and out of the Emergency Department is one of our primary goals, we collaborate on community programs such as Safe Kids to educate the community on injury prevention. To contact Suffolk Safe Kids, call Susan Katz, at (631) 444-7470.

    The trauma program is currently managing the Suffolk County Trauma Registry and participates in multiple research projects. One such project is a tracheotomy research study, Physician Opinion Related to Early Tracheotomy in Trauma (POETT) study.

    We are also invested in educating the physicians of tomorrow and providing our community with the most up-to-date knowledge. Our Pediatric Trauma Surgical faculties are active in our medical school and residency programs. They also teach their colleagues and area providers in Advance Trauma Life Support (ATLS), a trauma education program developed by the American College of Surgeons.