Improving Pediatric Trauma Care

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, over 7.3 million cases of nonfatal injuries and over 11,000 fatal injuries were recorded among children under the age of 18. Moreover, unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in children in the United States.

In an article published by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, informaticians employed social network analysis to understand the relationship between multidisciplinary collaborative electronic health record (EHR) usage and patterns of emergency department (ED) length of stay (LOS) in cases of pediatric trauma.

What did they discover? The greater the collaboration, the shorter the ED LOS – meaning more effective care for children.

Why Informatics? So, we can predict patterns and improve pediatric patient outcomes.