Pediatric Trauma

Pediatric Trauma, Triage and Transfer: Kids Are Not Just Little Adults

Activity Details
  • Credit Type: CME
  • Credit Amount: 1.00
  • Cost: $70.00
  • Release: Jul 20, 2015
  • Expires: Jul 19, 2018
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
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Richard Falcone Richard Falcone, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Pediatric and Thoracic Surgery
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, Ohio

Needs Statement

Pediatric patients are not seen frequently by many practitioners and have unique physiology.  Understanding these differences and knowing when to transfer to a pediatric hospital or how to partner with a pediatric trauma center is crucial to providing optimal care to injured children. This module will describe some key physiologic differences between children and adults that are important during the early resuscitaiton.  It will also provide an overview of the benefits of pediatric trauma centers and algorithms for triage and transfer. 

Target Audience

All health care providers that provide care for pediatric trauma patients, or who may be required to provide pediatric care in an emergency or urgent situation. This includes physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, CRNAs, or other licensed independent providers.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss key differences between pediatric and adult trauma patients
  2. Describe the value appropriate triage and transfer plans
  3. Explain the value of pediatric trauma centers and opportunities for partnership 


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement

Faculty Disclosure

No speakers, authors, planners or content reviewers have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The material presented in this course represents information obtained from the scientific literature as well as the clinical experiences of the speakers. In some cases, the presentations might include discussion of investigational agents and/or off-label indications for various agents used in clinical practice. Speakers will inform the audience when they are discussing investigational and/or off-label uses.

Content review confirmed that the content was developed in a fair, balanced manner free from commercial bias. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.


This activity is jointly provided by the University of Kentucky and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.