The percent of hospitals with an Emergency Department (ED) recognized through a statewide, territorial, or regional standardized system that are able to stabilize and/or manage pediatric trauma.
Goal for Performance Measure by 2022
50% of hospitals are recognized as part of a standardized system that are able to stabilize and/or manage pediatric trauma.
Why This Measure Matters
Trauma patients often require highly specialized care that must be provided quickly and follow specific guidelines. Pediatric trauma is an even more unique set of circumstances that health providers will have to respond to, though usually on a fairly infrequent basis. By utilizing a standardized system for recognition and designation of facilities prepared to stabilize/manage pediatric trauma, hospitals will have a framework by which to focus their improvement efforts. In addition, this designation can aid hospitals with fewer pediatric trauma resources in identifying potential referral facilities in the event a transfer is necessary.