Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

SS of January 2016 Case Review on TBI in ChildrenKids bounce, right?  

This seems to be the case most of the time.  But when faced with a seriously-injured pediatric patient, we owe it to the child, the parents, and ourselves to understand the anatomical differences between children and adults, the different types of injury, and best prehospital management practices.

In addition, we care for children at two different ends of a spectrum: The dearly-loved special needs children at one end, and at-risk pediatrics who may have been physically abused on the other.  Both deserve specialized care and management for their safety and well-being.


This CE includes one of UMC EMS’ case reviews from 2016.  As with any of our case reviews, we start off heavy on the education and then cover a few patient care reports.  Your own treatment protocols will probably be different.  But, rather than focus on the algorithm itself, consider why certain treatments were used and others avoided during patient care.  The quiz avoids protocol-specific questions, and is tailored for all certification levels.

Please remember to always follow your own service’s treatment protocol.



Step 1: Media: This education is a case review housed on our Lubbock Prehospital/UMC EMS YouTube channel.  View it at

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Step 2: Take the Quiz at QuestBase.  Log into your QuestBase account at  If you don’t have a free account yet, please visit our Contact Us page for information on how to obtain one.  Once you’ve logged in, look for the CE entitled:”Case Review: Traumatic Brain Injury in Children“.

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Step 3: Education you’ll earn upon successful completion:  

  • Texas state:
    • 0.75 hour for the Pediatrics component


  • NREMT for NCCP requirements: 0.75 hour with:

Paramedic, Advanced EMT, and EMT:  0.5 hour of Trauma: CNS Injury and 0.25 hour of Operations: At-Risk Populations: Pediatric