Pediatric trauma is the leading cause of mortality among children and teenagers in high-income countries (HICs) and several low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Despite advances in health sciences, professional organizations and research efforts to date fail to suggest achievable solutions that could be implemented in LMICs to decrease the mortality and disability caused by trauma. According to the current literature, the most important single intervention that changes pediatric trauma outcomes (in HICs) is to offer pediatric trauma education to health providers. Several challenges need to be addressed to achieve this goal in LMICs. The first one is adapting current HIC-based pediatric trauma courses to LMICs, ensuring high-level technical and communication skills transfer despite translation and cultural variation. Another challenge is providing a locally implementable course that is cost-effective. Trauma courses in HICs depend on high-fidelity simulators and mannequins that are simply not affordable in LMICs.
We believe that we can offer solutions to these problems, which is the reason pediatric trauma is one of the goals of our lab.
- Introducing of communication skills education in pediatric trauma courses.
- Participation in the Global Surgical Training Challenge | MIT, Intuitive Foundation and NESTA Foundation. Read more about our solution!