Trauma and Injury Research Center

Dell Children’s Trauma and Injury Research Center focuses on the epidemiologic, clinical and behavioral study of childhood violence and injury, violence and injury prevention, and trauma clinical care with the goal of informing and guiding improved clinical practices and prevention efforts. Composed of epidemiologists, methodologists and data experts, Dell Children’s Trauma and Injury Research Center conducts high quality investigator-initiated research and collaborates with clinicians and university-affiliated researchers.

Areas of interest for Dell Children’s Trauma and Injury Research Center include child abuse prevention, detection and treatment; traumatic brain injury; drowning prevention and treatment; determinants of accidental and non-accidental injury; adverse childhood experiences; youth suicide; trauma-informed care; evaluation of interventions for injury prevention; and developmental and psychological outcomes of pediatric trauma. The group has more than 50 Institutional Review Board-approved study protocols and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed publications during its Level I tenure.

Why does Dell Children’s Trauma and Injury Research Center do research?

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) recognizes it as imperative for Level I trauma facilities to advance clinical knowledge, optimize care, inform policy and inform injury prevention efforts. It is in that spirit that ACS maintains rigorous research and scholarship criteria for Level I verification. Each three-year verification cycle, Dell Children’s Trauma and Injury Research Center will meet the following criteria:

  • Journal Articles: The program will publish at least 20 trauma-related, peer-reviewed articles in journals included in Index Medicus or PubMed.
  • Four Disciplines: Publications will include at least one paper authored or co-authored by a member of the general surgery trauma team, and one article each  authored or co-authored by a member of three of the following disciplines: basic sciences, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, orthopedics, radiology, anesthesia, vascular surgery, plastics/maxillofacial surgery, critical care, cardiothoracic surgery, rehabilitation and nursing.

Examples of trauma research topics include the following:

  • Prevention: Family strengthening and child abuse prevention; car seat use & safety; efficacy of injury prevention curriculums in the community; predictors of swimming pool supervision; predictors of youth suicide; changes in injury epidemiology over time
  • Diagnosis and Treatment: Determinants of child abuse mechanisms in injured patients; incidence of clotting among patients with a trauma diagnosis; injuries related to foreign body ingestion; treatment of blunt abdominal injury
  • Policy and Procedure: Non-Accidental Trauma (NAT) algorithm for child abuse screening; screening for drug and alcohol abuse among pediatric patients