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Family presence during trauma care has benefits.

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esearch in the American Journal of
Critical Care highlights a hospital
policy allowing parents to stay in the room
with their child during trauma care, bringing benefits to patients, families and providers. Researchers from Children's Health
in Dallas, Children's National Health
System in Washington, D.C., and The
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found:
 94 percent of families present with
their child during trauma care said
they provided emotional support to
their child
 92 percent said they gave health care
information about their child to the
medical team
 81 percent recalled having an
interactive relationship with the
trauma team, asking questions about
their child's care
The emergency services department at
Children's Health has a policy that allows
family presence during pediatric trauma
care. "We want to put the family at the
center of everything we do, so to do this,
we need to involve them in the care right
from the beginning," says Lori Vinson,
senior director of trauma, emergency
services, EMS, PESN, emergency management and injury prevention at Children's
Health. "We don't think about it too much
anymore-it's just what we do."

In the study, parents felt being present
was an opportunity to fulfill their role as
a supporter of, and an advocate for, their
child. "They feel they have a right to be
present with their child during trauma
care," Vinson says. "It gives them a better understanding of the prognosis, and
they feel less anxious as opposed to being
somewhere else, where they're not aware
of what is happening."
Vinson says having families in the room
helps medical teams explain what is happening because the family has witnessed
the child's condition and care. It helps
teams better prepare and support families
as the child undergoes trauma care.
While family-centered care is a pillar of
children's hospitals nationwide, the practice of family presence during trauma
care lags behind areas of care for children
who have been diagnosed with a medical
condition. This is because, Vinson says, of
the nature of trauma itself.
"Most of these children have never been
sick, and they usually don't have a longterm condition, so their families may have
never been to an emergency room before,"
she says. "And with trauma, there's blood;
there are visible injuries. Those things
aren't there in medical conditions the way
they are in trauma." -Megan Busenbark
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Children's Hospital & Medical
Center in Omaha, Nebraska,
named Christopher Maloney,
M.D., Ph.D., chief medical
officer; and Fernando
Ferrer, M.D., FAAP, FACS,
surgeon-in-chief.
Children's Hospital of
Orange County named John
Henderson vice president and
chief information officer.
Children's Minnesota named
Emily Chapman, M.D., chief
medical officer, vice president
medical affairs.
Comer Children's Hospital
named Emily Lowder vice
president, advanced practice
nursing services.
Driscoll Children's Hospital
named Julie Pina chief
nursing officer, assistant
vice president.
Holtz Children's Hospital
Jackson Memorial Hospital
named Geralyn Lunsford CEO.
Le Bonheur Children's
Hospital named Kathleen
Seerup vice president of
patient care and chief
nursing officer.

HOSPITAL NEWS
The Children's Medical
Center at Winthrop University
Hospital in Mineola, New
York, changed its name to The
Children's Medical Center at
NYU Winthrop Hospital.
Saint Joseph's Children's
Hospital of Marshfield in
Wisconsin changed its name
to Marshfield Children's
Hospital. The system, Marian
Health System, changed its
name to Marshfield Clinic
Health System.
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@childrenshospitals.org.

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