The University of Southampton

HLTH6172 Paediatric Trauma

Module Overview

Trauma is the most common cause of mortality and morbidity in the paediatric population. Caring for the injured child requires special knowledge, precise management, and conscientious attention to details. All clinicians who are responsible for the care of a paediatric trauma patient must be familiar with every principle of modern trauma care. The special considerations, characteristics and unique needs of injured children must also be recognised. This module will enable you to study in detail, the care of paediatric trauma from injury/event to acute rehabilitation and the impact on the child, their family and community as well as considering relevant prevention strategies.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

In relation to trauma care of children, young people and their families this module will enable you to: 1. Critically debate the epidemiology of trauma in children with regard to age, demographics and psycho-social factors, and how these impact on differing injury presentations. 2. Critically explore how analysis of the above factors informs strategies and interventions for the prevention of injury in children. 3. Critically appraise the anatomical and physiological differences in paediatric trauma (compared to adults) and how this affects approaches to their care and management. 4. Critically analyse the psychological and developmental considerations in children from birth to maturity and how these impact on injury and trauma care at different ages and stages of growth. 5. Acquire a critical evidence based perspective of the emotional and developmental impact of trauma on the child, their family and community. This incorporates interventions which promote healing.


• Anatomical and physiological considerations in children • Managing injured children • Principles of safeguarding and risk assessment • How injury patterns present and alter at different stages of development • Epidemiology of paediatric trauma • Accident prevention • Paediatric trauma: stages of the patient pathway • Impact of paediatric trauma on families, carers and community • Acute and ongoing rehabilitating of injured children and their families

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The focus of this module will be using methods which will include consideration of practice experiences, filmed practice, simulations and reflections on episodes of care.

Completion of assessment task90
Wider reading or practice10
Project supervision5
Follow-up work20
Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Online Journals. • International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science • Paediatrics – Official Journal of the American Academy of Paediatrics • Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics • International Journal of Emergency Medicine

Wesson D (2005). Paediatric Trauma: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment, Wesson D, Cooper A, Tres Scherer LR, Stylianos S and Tuggle DW (Eds).. 



Bilo RAC (2010). Forensic aspects of paediatric fractures: differentiating accidental trauma from child abuse. 

Aresti N, Barry M, Paterson M and Ramachandran M (Eds) (2015). Paediatric Orthopaedic Trauma in Clinical Practice. 

Child Accident Prevention trust.

Why children die: death in infant’s children and young people in the UK..


Wheeler DS, Wong HR, Shanley TP (2007). Paediatric Critical Care Medicine: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation  (20 minutes) 40%
Prevention Strategy  (2000 words) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 40%
Prevention Strategy 60%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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