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Trauma and Burn Surgery


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Each year, Children’s dedicated team of pediatric emergency medicine specialists treats more than a thousand infants, children, and adolescents who are critically injured or severely burned.

Children’s National has the only Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in the Washington, DC, area and accepts trauma patients from all geographic areas. We partner with the Maryland Shock Trauma System to provide coverage in Montgomery, Prince Georges’, St. Mary’s, Calvert, and Charles counties.

Critical Care for Kids

Our acute response team of surgeons, nurses and emergency medicine specialists, provide immediate intervention when your child arrives at the hospital. We coordinate with specialists in Children’s Division of Emergency Medicine to provide a full range of diagnostic services and treatment for acutely ill or injured patients, including trauma surgery.

As the primary pediatric trauma center in the region, we also understand how challenging and frightening the experience can be for patients and their families. To help support families, continuity of care from admission to discharge through rehabilitation is coordinated by Children’s expert surgical and nursing specialists in trauma and burn care, including experts with the Division’s Burn Program and Children’s Outpatient Burn Clinic.

When your child needs a medical transport to Children’s National, our communications specialists in the Emergency Communication and Information Center work with regional and international Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to provide an ambulance, helicopter, or other flight transport to Children’s National.

Injury Prevention Through Education
Beyond emergency care, injury prevention is an important part of our mission. Through research, education and outreach to the public, we aim to teach families and caregivers how to recognize injury risks and create a safe environment.

Founded in 1987 at Children’s National Medical Center, Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of healthcare providers and organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injuries, the leading cause of death in children in the United States.

Many injuries are accidental and preventable, often the result of bicycle crashes, pedestrian accidents, burns, falls, and drowning.

In addition to resources and information on the Safe Kids website, we offer a Burn Education program through the hospital. To schedule a prevention education program, contact Sally Wilson, RN: 202-476-4090.

Courses such as Trauma Update and Trauma Core Curriculum are also offered for healthcare professionals.

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