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 ultimate goal of informing and guiding improved clinical practices and prevention efforts. Comprised 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, determinants of accidental and non-accidental injury, adverse childhood experiences, youth suicide, trauma-informed care, evaluation of interventions for injury prevention, as well as developmental and psychological outcomes of pediatric trauma. The group has more than 25 Institutional Review Board-approved study protocols and has published numerous 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 is 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:

  • Journal Articles: Publish at minimum 20 trauma-related, peer-reviewed articles in Index Medicus or PubMed journals
  • Four Disciplines: At least one article must be authored or coauthored by a member of the general surgery trauma team, and one article each must be authored or coauthored 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:

  • Prevention: Family strengthening and child abuse prevention; car seat use & safety; efficacy of injury prevention curriculums in the community
  • Diagnosis and Treatment: Determinants of child abuse mechanisms in injured patients; incidents of clotting among patients with a trauma diagnosis; injuries related to foreign body ingestion
  • Policy and Procedure: Non-Accidental Trauma (NAT) algorithm for child abuse screening; drug and alcohol screening among pediatric patients