Serious injury, also called major trauma is the leading cause of death in children and adolescents in Australia and is a significant cause of disability.
The Women's and Children's Hospital is the designated Children's Major Trauma Service for South Australia as well as for the Northern Territory, western Victoria and south-west New South Wales and provides care for children with major trauma aged under 16 years. Patients aged 16 years and over are more appropriately managed by the Adult Major Trauma Service at Royal Adelaide Hospital or Flinders Medical Centre.
The WCH Children's Trauma Service participates in the full continuum of children's trauma care.
This includes pre-hospital care (MedSTAR), emergency in-hospital management, intensive care, surgical management and rehabilitation. To provide this care, WCH is staffed by a full range of medical and surgical specialists as well as specialist nursing and allied health staff.
Children's trauma education for medical, nursing and allied health professionals is provided at WCH and via outreach programs. Contact Jackie Winters, Trauma Nurse Consultant for further information.
The WCH Trauma Service undertakes regular case review to evaluate and improve the system of children's trauma management in the State, as well as conducting research into accident prevention and trauma management. The Trauma Service is happy to be contacted by referring doctors if they wish to be involved in discussions regarding specific cases and by clinicians interested in collaborating in trauma research.
SAAS MedSTAR is the first point of contact for patients with severe trauma and provides clinical advice and retrieval coordination as required. Contact SAAS MedSTAR on 13STAR (13 7827). SAAS MedSTAR is the single state-wide pre-hospital and retrieval service covering South Australia and parts of the neighbouring states.
SAAS MedSTAR is part of SA ambulance and includes the dedicated paediatric and neonatal retrieval service, SAAS MedSTAR Kids which manages all critically unwell children as well as serious trauma patients.
Children's Emergency Trauma Manual (1mb)
Acting Director (Clinical and Governance), Paediatric Major Trauma Service
Dr Michael Ee (Paediatric Surgeon)
Director (Research and Education), Paediatric Major Trauma Service
A/Prof Nicole Williams (Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon)
Trauma Nurse Consultant
Ph (08) 8161 6654 / Pager 18035
Administrative Assistant (Wed and Thurs)
Ph (08) 8161 7710 (Wed and Thurs)
Fax (08) 8161 7057
Children's Major Trauma Service
Division of Surgical Services
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
South Australia 5006
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