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Trauma Services

We provide specialized care to patients who meet established criteria for Trauma Team activation or patients referred to Children’s for pediatric trauma care.

  • Trauma care provided ranges from the initial assessment in the Trauma Room, the Emergency Department, and/or
    one of the Critical Care Units through the Rehabilitation phase of inpatient care, and continues through outpatient
    clinic follow-up.
  • Patient population ranges from newborn to 15 years old.
  • Sedation for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures on trauma patients will be done in the Emergency Department
    Minor Procedure Room or the Admission unit under the supervision of qualifi ed sedation providers.

Our Team

Robert Russell, MD, MPH
General Surgery/Trauma Medical Director

Drew Payne, BSN, RN
Trauma & Emergency Preparedness  Coordinator

Lillie Williams, RHIT
Trauma Registrar

Serving pediatric trauma patients in Alabama and surrounding areas 24/7

The Trauma Service Office (Coordinator and Registrar) is staffed Monday–Friday 7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Trauma Service is provided in the following:

  • Resuscitation/Trauma Rooms (TR)
  • Emergency Department (ED)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)
  • Burn Unit (BU)
  • Acute Care fl oors
  • Operating Room as required

Who Are We and What Do We Do?

  • Level 1 state designated trauma facility
  • Only free standing pediatric hospital in AL
  • National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) participants
    • Partnership with American College of Surgeons (ACS) that collects trauma data nationwide to supplement our research and analysis projects.
  • Collaboration with Alabama Department of Public Health
    • ADPH oversees Alabama EMS, which collects trauma data statewide and directs care and education for all regional EMS offices.
  • Collaboration with Trauma Communication Center (TCC)
    • TCC is the central hub for EMS services statewide to receive the most up-to-date hospital ED status and refer patients to the most appropriate facility.
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) trained MDs
    • ATLS is sponsored by ACS and is recognized as the gold standard for trauma care delivered by physicians.
  • Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) trained RN’s
    • TNCC is sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and is recognized as the premier course for hospitals and trauma centers worldwide, empowering nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills and hands-on training to provide expert care for trauma patients.
  • Trauma Prevention Program
    • Court-appointed, one-day interactive educational experience for teens after receiving first offense moving violation. The day consists of lectures on safe driving habits, behaviors and statistics, using a driving simulator, touring the trauma room, PICU, PT/OT, and then trauma survivor presentations. The Participating teens have traffic violations removed from their record in exchange for taking this class.
  • Teen Driving Safety Summits
    • Regional events held at schools and/or public spaces where local teens hear testimonies, experience driving simulators, learn what happens in the field with EMS and the hospital trauma room. They learn which legal actions could potentially be taken against them for poor decisions. These events are sponsored by various organizations including: State Farm, Children’s of Alabama, AL Safe Kids, MADD, ALDOT and Drive Safe Alabama.
  • Trauma Conferences host
    • Trauma Morbidity & Mortality Conference held quarterly at Children’s of Alabama.
    • Trauma Multidisciplinary Conference held quarterly at Children’s of Alabama.
    • Monthly Trauma Simulations hosted by UAB Clinical Simulation lab in the Children’s trauma room.