Once a child has sustained a severe injury, whether it be from a car crash, a fall from a tree or a hit into the boards playing hockey, evidence indicates that his or her best outcome will be achieved if they are able to reach appropriate pediatric trauma care in the right place in a timely fashion. Questions remain, however, as to who is the right patient? Where are they getting injuries? Are all children in Canada capable of reaching appropriate care in a timely fashion and if so, are they? If not, what are the barriers that may reduce the chances of this happening?
The scope of this research aims to look at these questions and derive answers that will lead to further work to improve the access of children to appropriate trauma care and improve systematic care of major injuries in these patients.