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Fifteen-minute consultation: How to be the paediatrician at a trauma call
  1. Roisin Begley1,
  2. Philip Aidan Martin2,
  3. Jeff Morgan1,
  4. Zoe Roberts1,
  5. Stephen Mullen2
  1. 1 Paediatric Emergency Department, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, UK
  2. 2 Paediatric Emergency Department, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Roisin Begley, Paediatric Emergency Department, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF14 4X, UK; rbegley{at}


The management of paediatric trauma patients can be complex, involving a coordinated multidisciplinary approach. Paediatricians form an integral part of the trauma team and are often tasked with managing circulation. In this article, we will discuss the assessment of catastrophic haemorrhage and ‘circulation’ through the viewpoint of a paediatrician via a case discussion. This will include initial investigations and management, noting the time critical nature in identifying and stopping catastrophic haemorrhage. The discussion will comment on how to address hypovolaemic shock and touch on the role of imaging.

  • circulatory
  • medical education
  • paediatric practice

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  • Contributors This concept and planing for this article was done by RB and SM. Writing of the article and review of concept was done by RB, PAM, JM and SM. Finalising concept and review of article was done by ZR and the rest of the team.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.