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PTSD Screening in Pediatric Patients with Injury2021

Type: New Practice Management Guideline (PMG)
Category: Trauma
Committee Liaison: Rachel D. Appelbaum, MD

Team leader(s)

In collaboration with The Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS), the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), the Society for Trauma Nurses (STN) and the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS).


In 2018 the ACS published a statement on PTSD in pediatric trauma patients, which highlighted that 20-40% of patients with injury and their parents exhibit high levels of PTSD. The ACS recommended that pediatric trauma programs implement standardized screening for PTSD using evidence-based screening tools that are integrated into electronic medical records. A large literature documents the prevalence of PTSD in pediatric patients with injury and multiple evidence-based screening tools exist. However, there is no consensus or guidance on which screening tools to use in different settings or across different developmental stages. Clear clinical practice guidelines rooted in evidence are needed for pediatric trauma programs in order to meet the ACS recommendations.

Team members:
•Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD
•Meghan Marsac, PhD
•Leigh Ridings, PhD
•Julia Price, Phd
•Caitlin H. Axtmayer

•Shannon Wright Longshore
•Leigh Ridings, PhD
•Todd Nickoles
•Melonie Stroud 
•Maria Bautista-Durand 

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