Access to Care

The type of care children get isn’t the only factor that affects their prognosis – how they get to that care is important as well.  Pediatric trauma patients who are transported by a non-specialized team – even a designated trauma helicopter – had a 23% mortality rate, whereas children transported by a specialized pediatric trauma transport unit only had a 9% mortality rate.6  

Only about 10% of injured children are treated at pediatric trauma centers, and a little over half of injured children are treated at any type of trauma center.  The highest mortality rates are for children who are treated in rural areas without trauma centers.7