Caring for the injured adult is a challenge because of the huge variety of injury patterns that occur. Caring for the injured child is an even greater challenge because not only do the injuries vary from child to child, but each child’s anatomy and physiology changes through childhood to adulthood. Although in some countries, children are treated in Pediatric Trauma Centres because their outcome is said to be better, this is not universally the case. There is some evidence that the staff who normally treat adults manage children more effectively if they have additional qualifications in pediatrics [1]. This implies that an appreciation of the special features of children’s trauma improves care. The following text is directed towards doctors who do not specialize in pediatric trauma. In this chapter it is almost inevitable to stress the differences between children and adults. However, we should not forget that there are very many similarities in the management of children and adults and that the principles of management are identical.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Sutcliffe
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  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive CareQueen Elizabeth HospitalBirminghamUK

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