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Setting an agenda for a national pediatric trauma system: Operationalization of the Pediatric Trauma State Assessment Score

A decade of declining deaths in children due to motor vehicle crashes has reversed, with trauma remaining the primary cause of death in children over 1 year in the US. Pediatric trauma systems are crucial for public health infrastructure, although their development has often overlooked children's interests. The Pediatric Trauma System Assessment Score (PTSAS) was created to evaluate state trauma system quality, revealing variations across the US. Legislation and funding gaps exist, with many states lacking laws considering pediatric needs in trauma systems. Access to care disparities, especially in rural areas, highlight the need for improved pediatric trauma infrastructure and support at both state and national levels.

Hazard: Trauma
Emergency Management Stage: Preparedness (Prevention / Protection)

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