Pediatric Care After Resuscitation: A 2-Day Trauma Fundamentals Course

This course is designed to give pediatric nurs-es who work in acute care, critical care, and perioperative areas the foundational, evi-dence-based information and critical thinking skills necessary to care for the hospitalized injured child. PCAR covers a wide range of pathophysiologic and nursing concepts and is designed to be a broad, core-level program, rather than an advanced or specialty area-specific course.

Course Content

Part 1 is an introduction to basic topics rele-vant to the nursing care of the hospitalized pediatric trauma patient:

  • The trauma care spectrum
  • The biomechanics of trauma
  • The body’s response to injury

Part 2 employs an interactive case-based learning approach. Participants follow an injured child from hospital admission to discharge. Each module is designed to in-troduce specific trauma care concepts in-cluding pathophysiology, assessment mo-dalities, and complications. Surgical, medi-cal, and nursing management options and outcome criteria are presented while dis-cussing children with:

  • Thoracic trauma
  • Abdominal trauma
  • Craniocerebral trauma
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Musculoskeletal trauma
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