What we treat
We provide world class trauma care to stabilize and heal your child’s injuries as quickly as possible. Some of the conditions we treat include:
- Traumatic head injury
- Injury from automobile collisions
- Injury due to falls
- Home accident injuries
- Sports or playground injuries
If you think your child has sustained a serious head injury from a fall or blunt force trauma, call 911 immediately (especially if your child is under 1 year old).
What to expect
We understand that children’s responses to traumatic injury are very different from adults. Children do not always have the ability to communicate symptoms or clearly state what they are feeling. They may be frightened and confused. It takes an experienced team to recognize symptoms and put children at ease. These situations are best identified and managed by pediatric specialists who care for injured children on a daily basis.
That's why when our pediatric emergency department is notified that an injured child is about to arrive, the in-house pediatric trauma team is activated. The team is available around the clock and includes the following:
- Pediatric surgeons
- Pediatric emergency medicine physicians
- Pediatric anesthesiologists
- Pediatric critical care physicians
- Pediatric radiologists
- Pediatric ICU and emergency department nurses
- Respiratory therapists
- Child Life specialists
- Social workers
The trauma team physicians are required to take training in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Nurses are required to take the Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum (TNCC) course in addition to PALS.
The pediatric trauma team also works with a wide range of specialists in pediatric orthopedics, radiology, neurosurgery, urology, vascular surgery, ENT, oral surgery and plastic surgery. All care is supervised by board-certified pediatric surgeons.
Management and treatment of the injured child is done in two specially equipped pediatric trauma bays in the Gambino Pediatric Trauma and Imaging Center located in the pediatric emergency department at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.
With the cooperation of our Center for Emergency Medical Services, Cohen Children’s Medical Center operates a fleet of modern, specially equipped ambulances that transport injured children from other hospitals when more specialized care is necessary. Critical care nurses and paramedics continue stabilization during the transport.
We also have a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) program called SkyHealth, which provides added speed and expertise in transporting injured children rapidly from the scene of injury for definitive care. The helicopter is outfitted with sophisticated technology that includes mechanical ventilators, cardiac monitoring, incubators for infants and other lifesaving medical equipment.
If your child is brought to our facility with an injury, we ask that you check in at our emergency department as soon as you arrive. Tell them who you are and that your child was brought here with an injury, and we will get you in to see them as quickly as we can. We know how stressful these situations can be, so we have social workers on-site who can assist you along the way.
Pediatric trauma transport phone number: (516) 719-KIDS
Safe Kids Coalition
The Pediatric Trauma Center proudly partners with New York state’s Safe Kids Coalition. Safe Kids is dedicated to injury prevention and improving care for injured children, and provides educational initiatives that help make New York a safer place for kids.