Trauma research at Children's:
new frontiers in injury treatment and prevention
At Boston Children's Hospital, our Trauma Center and research labs hospital-wide are actively involved in studying the causes of—and best treatments for—childhood injury.
Areas of our research include:
- examining how best to care for children with a ruptured spleen
- identifying possible long-term problems for infants who've suffered an injury
- analyzing differences in how injured children are cared for in hospitals around New England and the nation, to help determine and disseminate best practices
- collaborating with other hospitals to determine the long-term problems children face after suffering a broken pelvis
- identifying children and families who are at risk for developing emotional problems or post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS) after injury
- identifying what blood tests and x-rays are necessary during emergency care to ensure patient safety and maximize Emergency Department efficiency
To support the Trauma Team's research efforts, Children's maintains a data registry of over 12,000 injured patients. This information is also used to identify the ways in which children are being hurt—and to better direct our efforts to prevent injuries among New England's children.