Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch (PTCIB)

Female doctor listen to young girl's heart with stethoscope while mother looks on.Overview/Mission

PTCIB supports research and research training focused on preventing, treating, and reducing all forms of childhood trauma, injury, and critical illness across the continuum of care. The branch encourages collaborative inquiry in basic, clinical, and translational research to promote discoveries, new treatment paradigms, and interventions that improve the quality of life for children and families who have experienced all forms of trauma or critical illness. The branch welcomes projects that utilize the analysis of large datasets to advance the care of critically ill and injured children. Topics of interest to PTCIB include, but are not limited to:

  • Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome
  • Respiratory failure
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Sepsis
  • Care of critically ill technology-dependent children
  • Ethical and end-of-life issues in pediatric critical care patients
  • Emergency medical services for children (EMSC)
  • Traumatic stress
  • Child maltreatment
  • Violence
  • Other causes of traumatic injury


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