Family presence does not impede pediatric trauma care

Having a family member in the trauma room does not impact the quality of care a child receives, said a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in April.

Researchers reviewed video and audio recordings of 145 trauma evaluations of patients 15 and younger to evaluate how well physicians followed evidence-based assessment protocols. For the 86 children who had relatives in the trauma room, 97% had their abdomens examined for injury according to protocol. That compares with 98% of the 59 children with no family present. Meanwhile, the median time for assessing the children’s airway was less than a minute for both groups.

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