Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Funds New Research to Save Injured Children

Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Funds New Research to Save Injured Children

Press Release Sep 21, 2017

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Sept. 21, 2017) — After a rigorous review process, the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma has selected Dr. Vincent Duron’s research project to receive a $100,000 grant based on its overall impact to enhance standard pediatric trauma care practices by studying the effects of restricted fluid management on seriously injured children. Dr. Duron is the Director of Pediatric Surgical Critical Care at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center.

“Results from our research will help improve care of the sickest pediatric trauma patients throughout the country,” said Dr. Duron. “By demonstrating which fluid management strategy most effectively decreases complications and improves outcomes in critically ill pediatric trauma patients, we will have the evidence required to implement this management strategy in pediatric ICUs of all levels of care. The Childress Institute grant award provides us with the opportunity to coordinate findings from multiple pediatric trauma centers around the country, which will give us the most accurate and reproducible results possible.”

The project is titled “Effect of Restricted Fluid Management Strategy on Outcomes in Critically Ill Pediatric Trauma Patients: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial.” The expected outcome is that once proved, the simple management strategy could be shared with providers in smaller or more rural hospitals to become the new standard of care of pediatric trauma patients. Drs. Katherine Biagas and Steven Stylianos, both of New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, will be co-investigators on the study.

“The Childress Institute is committed to funding research that can improve care for children across America,” said the Childress Institute’s Executive Director Bob Gfeller. “There aren’t enough funding sources out there for pediatric trauma research, yet it’s the number one killer of kids in the U.S. Results from Dr. Duron’s project could have a large scale impact by collaborating and sharing results that can save injured children, no matter where they get treated.”

In early 2017, the Childress Institute announced the availability of research funds for a project focused on improving treatment for pediatric trauma patients. Previous grants were awarded to pediatric trauma leaders Dr. Frederick Rivara at the University of Washington in Seattle and Dr. Lawrence Cook at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

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About the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma

Life threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America. Nearly 10,000 children lose their lives every year from serious injuries. In addition, almost 300,000 children are hospitalized and over 8 million children are treated in the emergency department for serious injuries each year, many of whom struggle with long-term recoveries and disabilities. It can happen anywhere, at any time, to any child. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma discovers and shares the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The Institute funds research, education and advocacy to help improve the care and treatment injured kids receive across the U.S. The Childress Institute was founded at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2008 through a generous gift from Richard and Judy Childress. Visit to learn more.

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