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Trauma Program

What we do

The Interdisciplinary Trauma Team works cohesively to provide the best care to the patient and family during their hospital stay and to determine the need for follow-up services in the community. The team is committed to meeting the needs of the child and family, through collaboration and active participation of each discipline to plan and deliver patient care, while remaining focused on child and family-centred goals and values.

Trauma Patient Care Co-ordinator

  • Coordinates and facilitates communication between the health-care team and patients/families involved in trauma.
  • Is often the contact person for trauma patients and families during hospitalization and after discharge.
  • Is involved in Trauma Program development, including Quality Management activities.
  • Please contact for any other questions regarding our trauma program.

Chaplain

  • Is available to give spiritual and emotional care to patients and families at any time of the day or night.
  • Is available to counsel and support you and your family, offer prayers, and give the sacraments.

Child Life Therapist

  • Supports the psychosocial well-being of children and adolescents during their time in the hospital.
  • Provides recreational activities to promote your child's adjustment to the hospital.
  • Offers a range of therapeutic play based activities to build supportive relationships, helps patients gain mastery over their environments, cope with pain and painful procedures, and learn about hospital procedures.
  • Promotes optimum development, normal living patterns and minimizes the negative impact of illness and hospitalization for children and families.

Dietitian

  • Helps decide what kind of food and liquids your child needs.
  • Checks the amount your child is eating and his or her weight to make sure your child is getting the best food that will help him or her heal.

Doctor (Physician)

The Hospital for Sick Children is a teaching hospital and you may meet doctors at various stages of their training.

  • Staff Doctor: This doctor works for The Hospital for Sick Children and is responsible for the medical care of your child while in the hospital. This doctor is a "specialist" who has had extra training and a lot of experience in the area of your child's injury. Other specialists may be consulted if your child has more than one health need. You may meet many doctors while your child is in the hospital but the staff doctor that your child is admitted under is responsible for his or her medical care.
  • Fellow or Resident: These are experienced doctors who have come to The Hospital for Sick Children to specialize in a certain area of medicine and to advance their skills. They monitor your child on a daily basis and provide a plan of care under the supervision of the staff doctor.

Neuropsychologist

  • Is specially trained to look at the effects of a brain injury on your child's memory, attention, problem solving, ability to make sense of information, and ability to behave the right way in different situations.
  • Can suggest how your child, you, and your child's teachers can deal with the effects of your child's brain injury.

Occupational Therapist

An occupational therapist assesses children to determine if they are having difficulty with doing everyday tasks after an injury. As a child recovers from injury, the occupational therapist will assess and provide therapeutic intervention to help with:

  • self-care skills (for example: eating and swallowing, dressing, washing)
  • play skills (for example: playing with toys or a game, moving to get a toy, playing with friends)
  • school skills (for example: attention and memory skills, problem solving, printing, writing).

Physiotherapist

A physiotherapist helps children with movement problems after an injury. Physiotherapy services, including assessment, treatment and education, are available to children and families in the Trauma Program. The aim of physiotherapy is to help children to be strong, healthy and able to move well after an injury. The physiotherapist will see children who need help to:

  • Use a part of their body (for example: breathing exercises or to strengthen muscles)
  • Perform an activity (for example: to throw a ball or walk up the stairs)
  • Return to their community (for example: walk with crutches at school or move around at home).

Registered Nurse

A nurse will be responsible for caring for your child in the Emergency Department, Critical Care Unit, and the Trauma Unit. Nursing care:

  • Provides physical care at your child's bedside
  • Works with the health-care team and you to make a plan of care for your child
  • Teaches you about the special care your child may need
  • Helps you access support and/or services you may need
  • Provides a link between you and the health care team.

Social Worker

Social work services are available to all patients and their families who are admitted to the SickKids Trauma Program. The social worker can assist you in any of the following areas:

  • Supporting you and your child during periods of crisis and throughout hospitalization.
  • Linking you to available hospital and community resources.
  • Advocating for you in hospital and in the community.
  • Offering individual counselling for your child.
  • Offering counselling for parents, couples and families.

Speech Therapist

A speech-language pathologist provides consultation, assessment, education and treatment to infants, children and their families regarding speech, language and overall communication skills. Injuries may have an impact on a wide range of functions necessary for effective communication. These functions may include:

  • Oral motor functioning (coordination of speech muscles for talking),
  • Language comprehension and production (ability to understand or express ideas)
  • Reading and writing
  • Thinking skills (memory, problem solving and reasoning)
  • Social interaction skills.

Transitional Care Coordinator

The transitional care coordinator (TCC):

  • Facilitates the flow of medically complex children across the continuum from admission to discharge
  • Fosters effective communication with patients, families, caregivers, service providers and community agencies to ensure continuity, quality of care and optimal support and services
  • Promotes a seamless transition of patients and their family from SickKids to their community.

Trauma Data Analyst

A data analyst:

  • Extracts data from various internal and external sources for entry into the hospital Trauma Registry.
  • Calculates injury severity scores and codes charts for the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Ontario Trauma Registry for reporting to the Ministry of Health.
  • Fulfills requests for statistics and research related to injury.