American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma has verified McLane Children's as a Level II pediatric trauma center, making it the only pediatric trauma center in the region.
Terry Valentino, director of Trauma Services at McLane Children's, describes the challenging the verification process and stresses the importance of having a Level II pediatric trauma center in Central Texas.
What does this mean for your children?
Not only is our emergency department designed to specifically care for children, but we’ve been verified to care for the most serious pediatric trauma cases. Trauma care requires a set of specialties to be on-call with 24-hour availability for patients coming to our hospital. Our team is multidisciplinary, and brings together surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, radiologists, physician specialists, pediatricians, respiratory therapists, social workers and child life specialists – all specifically trained to care for children. As we care for the acutely injured child and their anxious family, we also support programs in outreach education, injury prevention, and child abuse prevention.
The McLane Children’s Pediatric Trauma Team treats a wide of variety of pediatric trauma patients, ranging from children hurt in major motor vehicle accidents to those who fell off their bikes. Achieving verification by the ACS Committee on Trauma shows that we meet the highest national standards and can provide a ready team of specialists to respond to the most critical situations.
Our role in preventing trauma
Pediatric trauma is the leading cause of death and disability of children less than 15 years old. Trauma takes the life of more children every year in this country than all the major illnesses combined. Last year, Scott & White Healthcare saw 16,000 children in our emergency rooms, cared for nearly 400 children involved in trauma, and our volumes are increasing.
Our dedicated McLane Children’s Emergency Department knows that injury prevention is an important aspect in the care of pediatric trauma. We know that many injuries are potentially preventable through child prevention safety education. For example, making sure all infants and children use the proper infant car seats. Boosters and seat belts can reduce pediatric automobile deaths. Proper use of bicycling helmets represents another opportunity to decrease head injuries. Recently, our Safe Kids program demonstrated the differences in temperature in a locked car; just a five or 10 minute errand can lead to a 30-degree increase and put children at risk for heat-related injuries or death. Find out more on our Safe Kids page and at ggweather.com/heat.
Technology and care designed for children
McLane Children’s Emergency Department stands ready to attend to both the current and future emergency needs of children in Central Texas. It houses 14 pediatric beds; has a separate ambulance entrance leading to two trauma bays with adjoining access to radiology; a new “Flash CT” scanner provides the fastest available imaging and carefully limits radiation exposure to the child. Additionally, a large family trauma room is available for families who have two injured children. For ambulatory patients, a convenient curb-side drop-off is available.