Emergency Medical Minute collaborated with CarePoint Health in early March for a night of education on Pediatric Emergencies at a local Denver brewery for our latest Brewcast. Pediatric patients require special considerations compared to adults when receiving medical care, and that remains true for traumatic injuries dealt with in the ED and pre-hospital settings.
Dr. Christine Darr, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, discusses a range of traumatic injuries in pediatric patients and how to appropriately perform a physical exam, order radiographic diagnostics to further assess and identify injuries and key steps for management. She reviews growth plate injuries as well as considerations at different developmental stages that can mask the presence of more serious injuries like blunt internal organ trauma without rib fractures and SCIWORA (spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality). Common injuries associated with abuse at different ages are also addressed to help you identify concerning signs of maltreatment of pediatric patients. Listen for a deep dive into the intricacies of pediatric trauma!