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multisystem injury is the rule instead of exception. trauma induces a systemic neuroendocrine response resulting in the release of inflammatory mediators, causing hypo-volemia, hypotension, hypothermia, and hypo-oxygenation. Look for peripheral signs first (increased cap refill, cool skin) and then change in BP.


anatomic characteristics of children that lead to increased susceptibility to injury

-skeletal and ligamentous structures have increased flexibility, which results in greater transmission of force to internal organs.
-weak neck muscles and higher center of gravity lead to more head injuries
-less protective muscle and subcu tissue over internal organs means viscera are closer to the surface and can be bruised


physiologic characteristics of children that lead to increased susceptibility to injury

-underlying heart disease rarely results in morbidity in children.
-hypoxia and respiratory failure are increasingly likely in children
-high body surface area to weigh ratio predisposes children to hypothermia, which may complicate shock and worsen acidosis if its not corrected.


what to give iv

isotonic fulid, NS or ringers, at 20 ml/kg up to 80 ml/kg after that consider blood or other crystalloid. after initial bolus if stable start fluid replacement 100 ml/kg for first 10 kg, 50 ml/kg for next 10 kg, and 20 ml/mg for each kg over 20. 40 or more kg get adult fluid maintenance of 2000 ml over 24 hours.



c-spine, chest and pelvis first.


causes of abdominal trauma

falls, bike accident, seatbelt, kick etc


symptoms of abdominal trauma

diffuse abdominal pain, vomitting, distention, sudden collapse if splenic injury


exam for abdominal trauma

peritoneal signs, decreased bowel sounds, rigid abdomen, melena, look for bruising along the seat belt or tire tracks


management of abdominal trauma

order plain film, may see air/fluid level in loops of bowel, hematoma shadow, splenic shadow or narrowing of lumen in bowel.


c-spine trauma

to stabalize, may need to roll under shoulders and pad under head to place head in neutral position. most commonin infants and children is C1, C1/C2 or C5-C7 in school age (>8 same guidelines as adult).


symptoms of Head/Cspine injury

vomiting, irritability, headache, visual changes, amnesia, altered level of consciousness, seizures, superficial contusion, all the way to respiratory arrest


Exam for head/cspine injury

full exam including neurological and fundiscopic (can see retianl hemorrhages). Neuro exam may reveal altered level of cosciousness, alterations in tone or focal abnormalities.


grade 1 head injury

transient confusion, No LOC, post traum. amnesia


grade 2 injury

transient confusion No LOC, post traum amnesia > 15 miin


grade 3 injury

continued confusion, any LOC, post traum amnesia >12 hours