Missed Injuries in Pediatric Trauma

Peery, Curtis L.; Chendrasekhar, Akella
November 1999
American Surgeon;Nov1999, Vol. 65 Issue 11, p1067
Academic Journal
Missed injuries in trauma continue to be a nemesis to the trauma surgeon. Missed injuries in adult trauma patients range in frequency from 9 to 28 per cent, with some being life threatening or permanently disabling. We report the incidence of missed injuries in pediatric trauma to be 20 per cent, in our retrospective review of 107 severe pediatric trauma patients. These missed injuries, however, were neither life threatening nor permanently disabling. We also found that mechanism of injury and patient age affected the incidence of missed injuries in our population.


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