Trauma Services

 [Trauma surgeons] Pediatric trauma cases differ greatly from adult trauma cases. Often, children become injured in different ways than adults do. Their bodies are different in size, maturity, development, and sometimes function.

Surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals who work in Valley Children’s Trauma Program are specially trained to work with kids and their unique medical needs. In order to ensure the best outcomes for our patients, the Valley Children’s Trauma Program addresses the entire spectrum of care, beginning with numerous prevention activities in the community and pre-Hospital care education of paramedics and transport teams. Upon a child’s arrival to the Hospital from the Emergency Department, we provide surgical care when needed and coordinate care through our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Medical/Surgical Ward, and Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit, and then assist patients with re-integration back into the community.

Valley Children’s Pediatric Trauma team includes staff from Pediatric Surgery, Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urology, Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat ), Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Interventional Radiology, as well as Child Life Services, Social Services, Medical Imaging, Blood Bank, Lab, and the Guilds Child Abuse Treatment and Prevention Center.

Level II Pediatric Trauma Center Designation

Valley Children’s Hospital is designated as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, the only Pediatric Trauma Center in Central California. Valley Children's is the leader in providing pediatric-specific treatment for injured children, enhancing the 12-county regional trauma system. 

Valley Children’s Trauma Education Program

The program provides pediatric trauma education to community and parent groups as well as healthcare agencies. Our highly trained and experienced experts share their knowledge through in-house education, grand rounds, lectures, and at trauma symposiums and conferences throughout the community and around the country.  

Examples of pediatric specific topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Pediatric trauma basics
  • Solid organ injury
  • Brain injury
  • Child maltreatment
  • Teen depression and suicide prevention
  • Water safety
  • Car seats & booster seats
  • Safety in and around cars
  • Teen parent basics
  • Toy safety
  • Bikes, scooters, skateboards, hoverboards
  • Sports injury and prevention
  • Air gun injuries
  • Button battery dangers
  • Poisoning/detergent pod dangers
  • Safe infant sleep
  • Teen driving

If there is a topic that your group, seminar, or conference would like addressed, we can research and develop a presentation to provide. contact the Trauma program at (559) 353-6204.

Valley Children’s Injury Prevention Program

Injury is the leading cause of death for children in the U.S. As a leader in providing specialized pediatric healthcare, Valley Children’s recognizes the importance of injury prevention and works collaboratively with community agencies to prevent those tragedies. Each year Valley Children’s Injury Prevention Program provides injury prevention education and outreach to children and families through a variety of forums throughout Central California. The program is designed to help keep our kids safe.

Safe Kids Central California                               

As the lead agency for Safe Kids Central California, Valley Children's Healthcare is proud to be a leader in supporting pediatric injury prevention efforts throughout Central California and is committed to providing resources towards these efforts. Safe Kids Central California is a coalition of 30 agencies made up of healthcare, law enforcement, social services, education, media, and more who are dedicated to preventing unintentional injury in children. Unintentional injury is the number one killer of children across the United States and around the world. Safe Kids Central California is one of 400 Coalitions who are part of Safe Kids Worldwide, an extensive network of coalitions and partners in the United States and around the world to reduce injuries from motor vehicle, sports, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings, and more. Our primary prevention areas are child passenger safety, drowning prevention, falls/sports injuries, burn prevention, safe infant sleep, safe teen driving, and medication safety.

Click here for information on Valley Children’s Injury Prevention or Safe Kids Central California, or contact the Trauma program at (559) 353-6204.