Pediatric Trauma During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A 3-year Retrospective Analysis
Riverside Community Hospital
COVID-19, pediatrics, trauma
Surgery | Trauma
The Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has significantly impacted the volume and types of trauma patients encountered. We performed a retrospective analysis of pediatric trauma patientsDemographics, trauma volume, injury severity, mechanism of injury, and outcomes were compared. A total of 16 966 patients, from 88 hospitals over 18 states, were included in our analysis. Pediatric traumas decreased from 2019 to 2020 and 2021. The injury severity scores (ISSs) increased from 2019 to 2020 and 2019 to 2021. Compared with 2019, more gun-related traumas occurred in both 2020 and 2021, whereas motor vehicle collisions decreased. There were additional changes in bicycle, assault, auto versus pedestrian (AVP), playground, and sports injuries. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the volume, injury severity, and mechanism of injury of the pediatric trauma population.
Publisher or Conference
Scally GL, Sheets NW, Dubina E, Chawla-Kondal B, Plurad DS. Pediatric Trauma During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A 3-year Retrospective Analysis [published online ahead of print, 2023 Sep 16]. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2023;99228231201250. doi:10.1177/00099228231201250