Sudden events that result in injuries, such as earthquakes, riots or political conflicts, create a challenge for all levels of the system. It takes a long time before you have a response by emergency services, so the bystander and local team need to be able to initiate emergency care while providing transfer to a facility for acute treatment. In the United States, only 10% of injured children have access to a verified pediatric trauma center, so that means 90% receive acute care in general hospital facilities.
- MartinR. Eichelberger, M.D., Professor of Surgery and of Pediatrics at George Washington University, Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.