Enhanced Training in Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation

We do everything we can to protect our children, but accidents happen. Although many injuries are easily fixed with band-aids and a kiss, there is a risk of more severe injuries, often as a result of motor vehicle collisions, drowning, falls, sports, fire and assault.

In Manitoba, injury is the leading cause of death for children (ages 1-11 years) and a main cause for adolescents.

Now, thanks to support from the Children’s Hospital Foundation donors, 44 medical professionals in Manitoba have received enhanced training in pediatric trauma resuscitation.

Historically, adult trauma care has been applied to patients of all ages, but the Trauma Resuscitation in Kids (TRIK) course takes pediatric trauma education to a new level. Medical professionals from HSC Children’s Hospital and throughout Manitoba were recently trained in TRIK, furthering their knowledge and hands-on training of trauma, and improving future care of pediatric victims.

“When trauma occurs, immediate action is critical to survival and can dramatically reduce negative effects, such as long-term injuries, and improve quality of life. Enhanced education of our pediatric acute care teams is crucial. With improved training, we can deliver better service to pediatric trauma patients and improve outcomes for acutely injured children,” says Dr. Karen Gripp, TRIK Course Director and Pediatric Emergency Physician at HSC Children’s Hospital.

This valuable training course is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and takes an interactive approach to managing common and uncommon pediatric trauma cases. TRIK covers a variety of topics that doctors and nurses encounter on an all-too-often basis, including: severe head trauma, difficult airway management, spinal cord injury, abdominal trauma, electrical injury and burns and smoke inhalation. Training involves team-based simulation scenarios to better prepare for real-life scenarios. It also focuses on teamwork, communication skills and crisis resource management to improve collaboration and team dynamics. In addition, further training was provided to allow Manitoba professionals to educate others in the province on TRIK.

While the death of any child is distressing, it is heartbreaking to know that almost all injury-related deaths are avoidable. Thanks to your help, we have enriched the quality of health care for pediatric trauma patients and helped prevent further injury and unnecessary deaths of Manitoba children for years to come.