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Pediatric Trauma Center

When your child is hurt, whether from a bad fall, serious burn or other trauma, you want care close to home. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children’s Level 1 Trauma Center is capable of highly specialized treatments for critically injured children.  St. Christopher’s doctors are skilled at treating injuries ranging from burns to severe multi-system traumas. A team of dedicated pediatric specialists provides compassionate individualized care for your child, from the moment of arrival through to recovery and rehabilitation. And as the only dedicated pediatric burn facility in the area, St. Christopher’s Burn Center are trained to work specifically with young burn patients. 

St. Christopher’s 24-hour Services

  • Emergency Department with 24 examining rooms fully staffed with pediatric emergency physicians, pediatric trauma surgeons and pediatric anesthesiologists.
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) staffed with pediatric critical care specialists.
  • Specially trained pediatric surgeons specializing in orthopedic, plastic, trauma, transplant and neurosurgery.
  • Radiology services, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans.
  • Dedicated Burn Center that includes a team of specialists made up of plastic surgeons, pediatric surgeons, pediatricians, nurses, social workers and other specially trained health care professionals to treat young burn victims and any emotional problems resulting from their injuries.
  • In-house surgical team and a dedicated operating room suite.
  • Laboratory capabilities with short turnaround times for lab testing.
  • Experienced social workers and child life specialists to assist families and comfort children.
  • One of three Level 1 Trauma Centers in the region, capable of highly specialized treatment of the most critically injured pediatric patients. 

Trauma Education

The Trauma Services Division is available to provide presentations on topics such as:
  • Blunt abdominal trauma/management of solid organ injury
  • Management of pediatric burns
  • Resuscitation & stabilization of a child with traumatic injury
  • Traumatic brain injury/management of head injury
  • Preparation of pediatric trauma patients for transport
  • Overview of pediatric trauma
  • Pediatric maxillofacial trauma

Blunt Abdominal Trauma Risk Assessment Tool

This risk assessment tool was developed by Temple University and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. It provides a child-specific probability of intra-abdominal injury requiring intervention after blunt trauma to aid providers making clinical decisions.  The tool can be found here.

Injury Prevention and Outreach

Trauma team professionals provide education and resources on injury prevention to elementary, middle and high school students as well as families and members of the community. Topics include:

  • Safety: Bike, car, pet, fire, gun, home, pedestrian, school bus, sun and water safety
  • Youth violence prevention
  • General injury prevention
For information on injury prevention programs or our car seat program, contact Rochelle Thompson, MS, injury prevention and outreach coordinator, at (215) 427-4880.   For more information on the Trauma Center or educational programs, call (215) 427-4619. 

Specialty Services

Other services available at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children include:

  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) designed for reversible acute respiratory failure.
  • Blood Conservation Program
  • Cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Renal dialysis
  • Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

Transport Services

Patient transport is available 24 hours a day using two pediatric ambulances each staffed by two pediatric critical care nurses and an EMT with training and expertise in transport medicine (including resuscitation and stabilization). Emergency transport by ground, helicopter or fixed wing can be arranged by calling one of our Transport Team representatives at (215) 427-6900. 

Memberships and Affiliations

Our Team

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children has highly qualified experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and pediatric patients. The team is led by, Harsh Grewal, MD, Medical Director, Trauma. To view a list of our specialists, click here.

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