The Johns Hopkins All Children’s trauma team serves infants, children and adolescents when they are injured and is available when seconds matter most.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL PROBLEM, CALL 911.
Certified as a designated Pediatric Trauma Center by the Florida Department of Health, our facility and team are equipped to care for pediatric patients who need comprehensive medical and surgical services. Our teams are well trained, educated specifically on care of injured children, and have resources available for family-centered care when time is of the essence
Available 24 hours a day, every day, our medical experts come together quickly and work closely with the team in the Emergency Center to examine, diagnose and treat patients who have severe or life-threatening injuries. We work with our community hospitals and the hospital’s LifeLine team, which provides hospital-to-hospital critical care transport of patients to Johns Hopkins All Children’s who need advanced, specialized care.
Specially Trained Pediatric Trauma Team
Trauma injuries can result from a number of causes – motor vehicle crashes, boating or other water-related vehicles, sports-related injuries, assaults, falls, and fire-related events. Trauma patients often need very specialized pediatric care upon arrival, and we understand that treating children is different from treating adults. All members of our care team, including surgeons, nurses, social workers, and our support teams, are highly skilled in caring for severe or life-threatening pediatric injuries.
Our facility is specially designed to care for infants, children and adolescents and provides the latest equipment, technology and a complete set of pediatric-specific trauma standards and protocols.
Patient safety is our highest priority. With our highly skilled team members at the state-of-the-art Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Training, our teams practice and train to take care of the most injured children in our community. The Simulation Center works with medical teams throughout the hospital, facilitating training that helps them provide patients with consistent, high quality, and specialized care.
We provide a seamless transition for patients who need additional specialty care outside of trauma services. Our continuum of care for trauma patients extends across multiple departments and disciplines, including:
- Critical care
- General surgery
- Orthopaedic surgery
- Perioperative care
- Trauma physician assistants/APRNs
Many of our specialists provide services, such as rehabilitation, at our Outpatient Care Center locations, meaning our patients are often able to receive the follow-up care they need closer to home after they are discharged from the hospital.
Pediatric Preventive Care and Safety Programs
Educating families and the community about injury prevention is an important part of our trauma services.
Safe Kids Florida Suncoast, led by Johns Hopkins All Children’s, is a coalition of community organizations and partners committed to preventing injuries in children and adolescents. The coalition provides information and resources for families on safety issues, including:
- Babysitting safety
- Bicycle and pedestrian safety
- Motor vehicle safety
- Safe Routes to School
- Toy safety
- Water safety
Other programs include:
Pediatric Trauma Research and Education Programs
We provide trauma education and training opportunities for health care professionals as well as community members.
Stop the Bleed Program
We participate as instructors in the American College of Surgeon’s Stop the Bleed program, which teaches people how to stop bleeding in a severely injured person.
Pediatric Surgery Fellowship
The Pediatric Trauma Program is a key component of Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program, which offers broad exposure to all aspects of pediatric surgery. Learn more.
Bay Area Trauma Symposium
Johns Hopkins All Children’s hosts the annual Bay Area Trauma Symposium with Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. The symposium covers topics related to pediatric and adult trauma
Patient & Family Resources
For families whose children are admitted to the hospital, our Inpatient Family Guide provides a variety of resources and information on what to expect while your child is a patient here. You can find the Inpatient Stay Guide online here.
Child Life specialists are also available to support our patients. Child Life specialists use developmental, educational and therapeutic interventions and play to help patients cope with treatment and hospitalization. Learn more about Child Life.
We also work with the Trauma Survivors Network, a program of the American Trauma Society, which works to support and connect trauma survivors, and provide resources to help enable stable recovery.
When Jaden suffered a traumatic brain injury during a boat accident, multiple specialists at Johns Hopkins All Children’s came together to save the 13-year-old’s life. Now he’s surpassing every expectation with the help of his expert care team, his own positive attitude and his family’s support.
Two years ago Charles Bentley underwent hours of surgery after he was brought to Johns Hopkins All Children’s with a gunshot wound. Today, he’s doing well without neurological damage or permanent injury, and the team that saved him is using his case to help other trauma centers learn from the hospital’s processes.
In a freak boating accident, Caleb was struck in the head by an anchor that penetrated his skull. Now Caleb is back to his old self and doing what he loves, fishing and boating.
An injured child and a worried mom find help at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.