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Pediatric disaster preparedness

We participate in mock pediatric disaster preparedness drills with local emergency medical services (EMS) organizations and hospitals. We also work closely with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) on Long Island, and other area hospitals and agencies to prepare for a variety of disasters, including mass casualty incidents (MCI). 

Quality improvement

To improve the quality of care for patients in our Trauma Center, we provide data to each of the below programs.

  • Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP)—Provides risk-adjusted benchmarking for pediatric trauma centers and adult centers who treat children to track outcomes and improve patient care.
  • National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB)—The largest aggregation of U.S. trauma registry data, which is compiled annually and disseminated in the forms of hospital benchmark reports, data quality reports and research data sets.  
  • New York State Trauma Registry—Data collection tool used by trauma centers in New York to report trauma data to the state. New York state trauma centers are required to collect information regarding seriously injured patients who meet certain International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) codes.

In addition we’re conducting quality improvement projects in the following areas:

  • Reducing radiation utilization in children
  • Reducing unnecessary testing
  • Improving trauma nursing certification and training
  • Improving detection of child abuse
  • Improving resuscitation in children

Government service

Our doctors serve on various committees that benefit the community at large.

  • Regional Trauma Advisory Committee (RTAC)—Cohen Children’s is one of 18 adult and pediatric trauma centers that serve the New York City community. In addition, our pediatric Trauma Program actively participates in the Nassau County RTAC to coordinate care with other Nassau County trauma centers.
  • New York State Trauma Advisory Committee (STAC)—We help coordinate clinical care, quality, research and injury prevention efforts across the trauma centers in New York state.
  • New York State Emergency Medical Services for Children Committee—We collaborate with physicians, pre-hospital care providers and members of the community to address the needs of children requiring emergency medical care.
  • Nassau County Child Fatality Review Team—In conjunction with the Nassau County Department of Health, our doctors help search for preventable causes of pediatric death.

Emergency responder education

The Northwell Health Trauma Institute offers ongoing pre-hospital education. We continue to collaborate with North Shore University Hospital to educate our local EMS providers through educational lectures. We're now expanding this program to include pediatric specific education through lectures and case reviews by hosting quarterly EMS nights.

Pediatric Care After Resuscitation (PCAR)

PCAR is specifically designed to meet the learning needs of inpatient trauma nurses. It's a two day educational offering that provides inpatient staff members with foundation, evidence-based information and critical thinking skills necessary to meet regulatory requirements.

The PCAR program is hosted by our trauma service twice a year and is made available to all nurses in the tristate area.

Register here.

Advanced Trauma Life Support for Physicians (ATLS)

ATLS was developed by the American College of Surgeons to teach a systematic, concise approach to the care of trauma patients. The course provides physicians with a safe and reliable method for immediate management of the injured patient to include condition assessment, resuscitation and stabilization, and determination if the patient's needs exceed those currently available. Our ATLS instructors collaborate with the ATLS programs offered through Northwell Health systems.

Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)

The ASSET course uses human cadavers to teach surgical exposure on anatomic structures that, when injured, pose a threat to life or limb.

The one day course follows a modular, body region approach. Each section begins with a short case-based overview, followed by a hands-on exposure performed by students under the guidance of faculty. The participant to faculty ratio is low, allowing for extensive guidance and interaction The student assesses his or her ability to perform each exposure independently and is evaluated on knowledge and technical skills.

To register for these classes, please email [email protected].

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