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Trauma FAQs - Pediatric Trauma Center

trauma patientWhat is trauma?

Trauma is defined as injury to human tissues and organs resulting from the transfer of energy from the environment. 

Who is considered a trauma patient?

A trauma patient is anyone who has suffered an injury.  Injuries include bumps and bruises to serious life-threatening physical injuries like bleeding in the head and lacerations to organs.   

What are the types of trauma?

There are two major categories of traumatic injury: penetrating and blunt. Penetrating injuries are less common in children, occurring when an object has penetrated the body's tissues.  Blunt injuries are more common in children and occur when an object or force is exerted on the body causing an injury without penetrating the body tissues. 

What is a trauma center?

Trauma centers are specially equipped and organized hospitals that for seriously injured patients. Level I Trauma center care guarantees the immediate availability of specialized personnel, equipment, and capabilities 24 hours a day.

What is Phoenix Children's status on designation and verification?

Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Trauma Center has been verified as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Verification Review Committee. The accomplishment makes the Hospital’s program the state’s first and only ACS-verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, and the 18th center nationally to earn this distinction.

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