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Pediatric Trauma

The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Medical Center and Kentucky Children’s Hospital are pleased to offer Level I Trauma Services to both pediatric and adult patients.  Not all trauma centers have that capability; many treat only children or adults.  In January, 2009, our hospital was re-verified by the American College of Surgeons as both a Pediatric Level l Trauma Center and an Adult Level l Trauma Center.  We are very proud of this distinction. 

Dr. Joseph Iocono serves as our Pediatric Trauma Medical Director.  He and his c colleagues, Dr. Andrew Pulito, and Dr. Sean Skinner treat ill and injured children ranging in age from neonates to age 14.  They are specially trained in pediatric surgical techniques and procedures that meet the unique challenges faced when treating children.  Kara Cole, PA, assists the pediatric surgeons in the care of trauma and surgical patients both during their hospitalization and through follow up appointments at the Kentucky Clinic.  

Our Pediatric Trauma Program works to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality care available from the time of their injury through their discharge.  Lisa Fryman, RN serves as our Trauma Program Manager.  Bari Lee Mattingly, RN is our Pediatric Trauma Nurse Coordinator, and Sharon Williams, is our Pediatric Trauma Research Coordinator.  They coordinate our trauma PI program, are actively involved in both internal and outreach trauma education, and are responsible for the UK Trauma Registry which may be utilized for research and statistical data.   

Our Emergency Department staff is always ready to treat injured children, and we are constantly making changes to make our ED more “kid friendly”.  Dr. Craig Carter, who is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, serves as our Pediatric Emergency Department Director.  A second Pediatric Emergency Medicine Attending Physician, Dr. Maria Stephan has also joined our staff.  Their pediatric specialty training, compliments the already excellent care that our Emergency Medicine Attending Physicians provide.  The ED nurses are all certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and must pass the Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC).  We are eagerly awaiting the completion of a new patient care facility that will have a completely separate Pediatric Emergency Department beside the main ED.  The new ED scheduled to open in the summer of 2010.

The UK department of Emergency/Trauma Services offers a Neonatal/Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team.  They respond in a specially equipped ambulance to smaller rural hospitals throughout central and eastern Kentucky to transfer ill or injured neonatal and pediatric patients to our tertiary care center.   If a newborn or child requires more immediate transport, the Neonate/Pediatric Transport Team will travel by helicopter to outlying hospitals to pick up the patients and transport them back to UK.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in the Kentucky Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive care for critically ill and injured infants, children, and adolescents.  A pediatric intensivist oversees care using a multidisciplinary team approach including pediatric surgical physicians and subspecialists, pediatric pharmacists, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and social workers.  The PICU and Pediatric Acute Care nurses, who have all received advanced pediatric training, represent one of the most important parts of the pediatric trauma patient care team.  When a patient is transferred from the PICU to Acute Care, a pediatric hospitalist is available to join the multidisciplinary team.  This collaborative approach helps ensure that our patients, and their families, receive the best care possible. 

UK also offers many subspecialists dedicated to pediatric care.  We have pediatric specialists in  neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, anesthesiology, otolaryngology (ENT), neurology, dentistry, nephrology, gastroenterology, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and radiology that can be consulted to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of children.

As you can see, UK HealthCare and the Kentucky Children’s Hospital are committed providing quality care to patients.  We are working together to give ill and injured patients of all ages the best care available through evidence based medicine, research, and education.  

If you would like any further information about the UK Pediatric Trauma Program, please contact Bari Lee Mattingly, the Pediatric Trauma Nurse Coordinator.  She can be reached at (859)323-1116.


Pediatric Trauma Care Guidelines 2011(PDF Document)