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M. S. Vavilala, M.D., K. Kanal, Ph.D., DABR.
The goal of EMS for Children (EMSC) is to enhance the pediatric capabilities of the state EMS system, to solidify the integration of a pediatric focus within that system and to conduct activities that are consistent with the EMSC Five-Year Plan, including professional training and education on EMSC issues. The State Partnership Grant Program is to work on the EMSC Performance Measures, including hospitals that are recognized through a statewide, standardized system that are able to stabilize and/or manage pediatric trauma patients. The goal of this project to support statewide efforts to enhance awareness in Washington's Trauma Service Hospitals of guidelines to optimize pediatric head Computed Tomography (CT) imaging and reduce radiation dose. Head CT scans are obtained in pediatric patients suspected of having a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and are the leading diagnostic test for the presence of anatomic TBI. While CT scanning may be necessary to facilitate timely diagnosis of TBI in children, children are also exposed to radiation and its associated risks from medical imaging. Therefore, minimizing unnecessary radiation exposure in this population is vital.