When Seconds Count
by Natalie GutierrezWhen a child is severely injured, every second counts. Getting the proper care quickly is imperative and could mean the difference between life and death in some cases. For many years, children living in South/Central Texas who suffered life-threatening burns had to be transferred more than 250 miles to hospitals in Dallas or Houston. But the Pediatric Burn Program, established two years ago by the Health Science Center, has given hope to thousands of children and their families.
Located in the Janey Briscoe Children’s Center at University Hospital, the Pediatric Burn Program is the only burn program in South/Central Texas dedicated to children.
About five to 15 children ages newborn to 18 are treated each week. Dr. Wolf said he estimates the center treats up to 150 children each year.
In 2004 Dr. Stewart helped lead the creation of the Trauma Institute of San Antonio, Texas, an initiative to integrate trauma care at all three major trauma centers in San Antonio — University Hospital, Wilford Hall Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center. Each receives the most seriously injured patients, including children, from 71 emergency medical services agencies and 30 hospitals located in a 22-county region of South/Central Texas.
Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Safe Kids Worldwide
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