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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. 

Practicing trauma informed care is often touted as a way to improve quality of care and health outcomes. But could there be economic benefits to implementing trauma informed care? 

Trauma informed care goes beyond screening patients and caregivers for traumatic stress or adverse childhood experiences. It goes beyond providing a referral for mental health services. While such actions do help children and families, trauma informed care should be thought of as a framework or lens to guide all your patient interactions. 

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By now, you know ACE is an acronym for more than brand of bandages and toxic stress has nothing to do with chemicals. Maybe you also know that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) often leave a lasting negative impact on a child's mental and physical health. What can be done to change course?

With millions of children and teens affected by trauma each year, should a public health perspective be applied to prevention and treatment? Research suggests up to 40% of those affected will experience lasting traumatic stress symptoms and reaching these children and families with effective treatment is vital.

Patients want to feel understood by their doctors. Physicians and nurses want to know their patients understand diagnosis and the prescribed medical advice will be followed.  What does this have to do with trauma informed care?