Standard Trauma Screening in Pediatric Patients

Christina Benge, Department of Nursing, University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N University Dr, Edmond, OK 73034

Background: The acceptance of mental health as a part of the medical system is something that has been evolving and becoming more accepted since the 1940s. One area of mental health that still needs much more research and focus is that of children who are suffering from mental health problems as a result of experiencing a traumatic event. Trauma can cause a myriad of effects on a child, including psychological, physiological, and developmental. The current healthcare system in America has many great resources to help these children who have experienced trauma to overcome them and minimize their effects on the child. The issue arises in identifying which children are in need of being connected to these resources. Several trauma screenings have been developed that are designed to quickly and accurately identify children who have experienced a traumatic event and are in need of additional support. Purpose: Though there have been studies done showing the screening tools’ effectiveness, there is still a gap in implementation. Having screening tools become a part of standard practice for all pediatric patients would increase the number of children that are able to be identified as needing additional intervention. Proposal: A review of the literature was completed, with 15 articles being used to understand the use of screening tools. The articles showed data in support of using standard screening tools in pediatric patients. An evidenced-based practice project is proposed to educate undergraduate nursing students about trauma screening tools. The tools, their usefulness, and their feasibility will be presented. Conclusion: Teaching this topic to undergraduate students with the goal of shifting their opinions should result in the use of trauma screenings in their fields as they progress into the nursing profession.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Christina Benge

Institution: University of Central Oklahoma

Type: Poster

Subject: Nursing & Public Health

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 9
Date/Time: Wed 12:00pm-1:00pm
Session Number: 6028