Establishing a regional pediatric trauma preventable/potentially preventable death rate. Academic Article uri icon


  • PURPOSE: Although trauma is the leading cause of death for the pediatric population, few studies have addressed the preventable/potentially preventable death rate (PPPDR) attributable to trauma. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of trauma-related death records occurring in Harris County, Texas in 2014. Descriptive and Chi-squared tests were conducted for two groups, pediatric and adult trauma deaths in relation to demographic characteristics, mechanism of injury, death location and survival time. RESULTS: There were 105 pediatric (age < 18 years) and 1738 adult patients. The PPPDR for the pediatric group was 21.0%, whereas the PPPDR for the adult group was 37.2% (p = 0.001). Analysis showed fewer preventable/potentially preventable (P/PP) deaths resulting from any blunt trauma mechanism in the pediatric population than in the adult population (19.6% vs. 48.4%, p < 0.001). Amongst the pediatric population, P/PP traumatic brain injury (TBI) were more common in the youngest age range (age 0-5) vs. the older (6-12 years) pediatric and adolescent (13-17 years) patients. CONCLUSION: Our results identify areas of opportunities for improving pediatric trauma care. Although the overall P/PP death rate is lower in the pediatric population than the adult, opportunities for improving initial acute care, particularly TBI, exist.

published proceedings

  • Pediatr Surg Int

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Drake, S. A., Holcomb, J. B., Yang, Y., Thetford, C., Myers, L., Brock, M., ... Harting, M. T.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Drake, Stacy A||Holcomb, John B||Yang, Yijiong||Thetford, Caitlin||Myers, Lauren||Brock, Morgan||Wolf, Dwayne A||Persse, David||Naik-Mathuria, Bindi J||Wade, Charles E||Harting, Matthew T

publication date

  • February 2020