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In the aftermath of a critical illness, patients and their families may experience traumatic stress symptoms or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

With statistics of 5 in 6 injured children and their parents having a severe traumatic stress symptom within the first month, and 1 in 6 still experiencing these symptoms many months later...

What exactly do nurses know about trauma informed care?  A great deal according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress and Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

Unless directly asked, many caregivers of pediatric patients might not associate their life outside the hospital or doctor's office with their child's health concerns.

A great deal goes on in the short amount time a doctor or nurse spends with a patient. Given new research, doctors and nurses should be sure to ask their patients and families about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and traumatic stress reactions during their visit.