VISION:  Improve the lives of all those affected by or at risk of traumatic injury.
Pediatric Committee


To promote quality pediatric trauma care across Canada by providing leadership in clinical care, education, research and trauma prevention.


  1. To provide a forum for discussion and networking between Canadian Pediatric Trauma Programs and trauma care providers.

    i.  Develop evidence-based practice guidelines related to pediatric trauma care.
    ii. Review national data on pediatric trauma with a vision toward benchmarking.
    iii. Develop and support Canadian multicentre pediatric trauma research.
    iv. Participate with other national organizations advocating for injury prevention policies and 
        strategies, with a focus on children and youth.

  2. To share practices, especially those evidence-based, applicable to the care of the pediatric trauma patient.
  3. To generate improvement opportunities for Canadian Pediatric Trauma Programs.
  4. To facilitate/lead educational endeavours involving pediatric trauma care, including the program content for the pediatric concurrent session of the TAC annual scientific meeting.


Membership is open to any active TAC member with an interest in pediatric trauma.


Over the past few years, this group has been concentrating on trauma treatment, compiling data from all of the pediatric centres across the country with respect to the set-up of their pediatric trauma systems. This includes pre-hospital indicators for calling a major trauma resuscitation, components of the trauma resuscitation team, administrative structure of their trauma team systems and amazing protocols that could be shared by others. It is becoming a great resource and is available to any TAC member that could use it for pediatric specific initiative – such as setting up a pediatric trauma team system or considering accreditation/verification or re-accreditation/verification. It is also a good resource to use when approaching administration – providing evidence of “what other centres have”.

There are currently five TAC accreditated Pediatric Trauma centres in Canada, with several more contemplating or getting ready to “take the plunge”. This group highly recommends such an initiative. It not only provides your institution the opportunity to critically evaluate your trauma program, but also can provide some excellent insight to further develop your system. These suggestions can often have a degree of leverage that may be of benefit when negotiating with the administration for what your program needs. If you are interested, please see the Accreditation Committee section on this website.

The Pediatric Trauma Coordinators have also been busy with a quality improvement project comparing quality indicators used in each Pediatric Trauma Centre across the country. The group started by compiling those indicators used that each program felt were the most important to capture and is now at the stage of imputing the data into a collective database. The goal of this project is to develop national benchmarking for pediatric trauma patients being treated at Trauma Centres across the country.

Lastly, this committee was involved in helping to standardize the clearance of cervical spines in multiply injured pediatric patients. The pathways were published in the Journal of Trauma in April
2011.  We are very proud of the work that was accomplished with a large group from multidisciplinary medical members.

Dr. Ioana Bratu
Medical Director
Stollery Children's Hospital
2C3.56 WMC
8440 - 112 Street
Edmonton, AB  T6G 2B7

Sherry MacGillivray
Pediatric Trauma Coordinator
Alberta Children's Hospital
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Calgary, AB  T3B 6A8



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