Pediatric patients come from all walks of life. Health care professionals may encounter children who have been abused and/or neglected more often than expected.

Children in foster care tend to have more medical needs and chronic health conditions compared to children in the general population. For many, health care frequently occurs in emergency rooms and in the absence of consistent, supportive caregivers.

Pat Mastors shares her own family’s experience in a compelling and thoughtful post on the Islands of Excellence blog. Her story is a brilliant example of “trauma-informed care”and the role of the family.

As a healthcare provider, delivering bad news to a patient and their family is never easy.

In honor of EMS week, the staff at the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress would like to thank all the EMS professionals working tirelessly to provide the highest quality of care to children and their families. This year's theme is "More than a job. A Calling". As an EMS professional, what is the best part of your job?