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Pediatric Trauma

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The medical staff at Richmond University Medical Center has the experience and expertise to treat the pressing issues that childhood injury causes, which is why we are dedicated to providing comprehensive pediatric trauma care to the children of Staten Island and surrounding communities. Traumatic injury is one of the leading dangers to children today and requires specific treatment and support. Through improved emergency medical care systems, rehabilitation and injury prevention programs, our pediatric emergency department will be with you every step of the way with compassionate care delivered by our highly qualified staff of pediatric doctors.

Specialized Care

Children’s bodies are different from adults, making the need for a specific pediatric emergency department extremely important. Only through child-focused expertise and attention to the unique demands of pediatric medicine can kids get the treatment they need for successful recovery. Our pediatric emergency department is staffed with board-certified doctors with subspecialties in several areas, such as:

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Surgery
  • And more…

This deep base of knowledge further personalizes the care our pediatric trauma patients receive. Every situation is different, which is why our staff is equipped to handle a wide range of possibilities to help ensure your little one receives the best possible treatment when it’s needed most.

Urgent Care

Serious injuries often happen unexpectedly, requiring fast action and immediate medical attention. Richmond University Medical Center is prepared to handle these incidents with their emergency services, but it is important to know where to bring your child depending on the type of injury sustained. If he or she experiences any of the following, call 9-1-1 or go to our pediatric emergency department immediately:

  • Severe wounds, especially to the face or head
  • Injuries caused by a serious fall
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Injuries caused by blunt trauma
  • Wounds related to gunshots, stabbing or other violence
  • Severe or extensive burns
  • Serious injuries related to an automobile or recreational vehicle accident
  • Severely broken bones

In these cases, our Level 2 Pediatric Trauma emergency department is able to provide the best care as soon as possible. Its designation signifies our ability to manage a large number of patients with competing needs while providing quality treatment. Additionally, the emergency department is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide care around the clock.

Pediatric Trauma Prevention

Educating kids about the common ways in which trauma can occur and proper prevention methods can help reduce the chance that your little one is injured. That is why we offer several prevention programs covering common topics that can lead to pediatric trauma. Some of the classes we provide include:

  • Baby B-Con: Covers general knowledge of bleeding in children and how to stop it.
  • Helmet and Bicycle Safety: All about safety while riding a bike.
  • Pedestrian Safety: Provides information on how to safely traverse sidewalks and cross the street.
  • Stranger Danger: Teaches children about strangers and what to do if one approaches them.
  • Teddy Bear Clinic: Gets kids comfortable with the healthcare environment by having them take care of their own teddy bear.
  • Water Safety: Offers tips to keep kids safe in the tub, by the pool or at the beach.

Always Prepared

With our specialized care, emergency readiness and prevention programs, Richmond University Medical Center will be there to provide assistance if your little one is injured. Have peace of mind knowing that your community is served with an expert and dedicated staff that will deliver compassionate care tailored to every patient’s needs. For any questions or to request more information about our services, contact us today.Note: Always dial 9-1-1- immediately in the event of an emergency.