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Pediatric Trauma

Columbia’s pediatric trauma center at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is one of only three state-designated Level 1 Regional Pediatric Trauma Centers in New York. Our center cares for injured children using the broad scope of the hospital’s pediatric services and staff. We treat a variety of pediatric trauma patients, ranging from children hurt in high-speed motor vehicle accidents to those injured while rollerblading.

Our team includes doctors from many pediatric specialties—general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and radiology—as well as nurses and other healthcare professionals who may be needed to care for pediatric trauma patients. Our specially trained and designated team assesses children using a trauma protocol that minimizes the chance of missing any injuries.

In addition, our trauma team has an active community education program in injury prevention. We are available to discuss safety strategies with teachers, parent groups, school nurses, and paramedics on topics such as home safety, summer safety, and the proper use of child safety seats, seat belts, air bags, and bicycle helmets.