Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the largest regional pediatric trauma centers in the United States. Nationwide Children's is the only regional pediatric trauma center in central Ohio, and it was the first trauma center for children in Ohio to receive accreditation from the American College of Surgeons.
The Trauma Program at Nationwide Children's admits approximately 1,400 patients each year for treatment of serious injuries, including 100 children with acute burns. The program is supported by a wide range of pediatric surgical sub-specialists, including microvascular/replant surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery, urology and general pediatric trauma surgery.
The Trauma Program also benefits from the outstanding support services available at Nationwide Children's. The radiology department has 24-hour in-house radiologist coverage, and emergency imaging studies are performed around the clock. The hospital also has a new, state of the art pediatric intensive care unit, which houses the most severely injured children. Finally, the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit has also received national accreditation, and helps many injured children return to normal, functional lives every year.
The Trauma Program also has strong research, education, prevention, and advocacy efforts. The program's research projects have been presented at several national meetings in the past year. The Trauma Program employs passenger safety specialists who educate patients, families, and staff about passenger safety and bicycle helmet safety. They also distribute several hundred bicycle helmets and car seats each year at Nationwide Children's and the Close to Home Centers. The trauma program is also a leader in advocacy for child safety. Members of the trauma program have appeared before the state legislature and other state agencies to support trauma systems, child passenger safety, and firearm safety.
The Burn Program at Nationwide Children's cares for approximately 100 acutely burned and 25 reconstructive burn patients in the hospital each year. An additional 1000 outpatient visits occur each year in the outpatient pediatric burn clinic. The Burn Program has recently been re-accredited by the American Burn Association as a verified Pediatric Burn Center and the American College of Surgeons. Nationwide Children's is the first free-standing children's hospital Pediatric Burn Center nationwide to ever receive this type of verification. The Burn Program is staffed by three pediatric surgeons dedicated to burn care, a burn nurse clinician, and a multidisciplinary Burn team that includes burn nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, psychologists, social service representatives, and case management representatives.
The Burn Program has strong educational, community outreach, and research components. Multiple lectures on pediatric burn care provided yearly to in-hospital care providers as well as to the EMS staff and community medical personnel.Nationwide Children's staff have been leaders in coordinating the Central Ohio Burn Education Coalition (COBEC) to further our burn education efforts. The hospital provides Advanced Burn Life Support courses, a school re-entry program for children that have been burned, a burn prevention program in the community schools, and the "New Kids on the Block" puppet presentation for burn safety education to pre-schoolers. Lastly, burn research at Nationwide Children's is conducted in the NIH-funded Pediatric Surgery Research Laboratories of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital.