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Administering care through a trauma-informed lens in the emergency department can seem like a daunting task. However, we all know an emergency department visit is scary, especially for kids, and trauma-informed practices are exactly what's needed to minimize the distress of pediatric patients and their families.

We here at the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS), who run the HealthCareToolbox.org site and this blog, want to take this week’s blog post to send grateful thanks to all of our readers and to update you on our future endeavors. 

When speaking of a trauma informed practice, the responsibility for implementation often lands on the individual doctor, nurses, or other healthcare professional. However, for patients and families to truly experience trauma informed medical care, the entire hospital system needs to embrace trauma informed care.  

Within the walls of a hospital, many doctors and nurses are aware of the benefits of practicing trauma informed care, such as promoting emotional recovery and helping to reduce additional trauma exposures from medical care for children and families. But not all medical care occurs within the hospital. How do other healthcare providers view trauma informed care? 

In the days and weeks following an injury or illness diagnosis, it’s not uncommon for a child and his/her family to experience symptoms of traumatic stress. In fact, up to 80% of children and families will exhibit traumatic stress reactions. While these reactions are to be expected to a certain degree, it’s critical for doctors and nurses to determine their duration and severity.