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Welcome to the online curriculum in the acute assessment and management of pediatric trauma patients, hosted by Harborview Medical Center (Seattle, WA) - the designated Level I Pediatric Trauma Center for Washington state and the surrounding WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region. This curriculum is designed primarily for inpatient providers (physicians and nurses) of early care to injured children. It has been specifically designed as a resource to allow providers in adult-designated trauma centers and pediatric-designated trauma centers in Washington state to meet the "Pediatric Education Requirement" (PER) developed by the Washington State Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System, and defined in Washington Administrative Code (WAC 246-976-700). However, the curriculum is also of potential value to all pediatric trauma care providers, both in the inpatient and prehospital settings.

This curriculum is available free of charge to all users/providers, and consists of seven (7) independent modules, each focused on a specific, key topic in pediatric trauma care. Each module contains a 5-question post-test, and can be completed in approximately one hour (i.e., the entire curriculum can be completed in 7 hours or less). The curriculum does not have to be completed in a single setting. The curriculum focuses on the acute assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children with major or multiple injuries, and incorporates guidelines and other key information promoted by several national sources, including Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS, American College of Surgeons), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS, American Heart Association), Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS, American Burn Association), and the Brain Trauma Foundation. The curriculum was developed by pediatric trauma care providers at Harborview Medical Center (University of Washington School of Medicine faculty) and reviewed/approved by the Pediatric Technical Advisory Committee of the Washington State Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Committee (Washington state Department of Health).

Registration Information

If you ARE NOT a Washington state trauma care provider who wishes to meet the PER, you are not required to register/login - you may use the site merely by clicking on the link below entitled "Login as a general participant". However, we would appreciate your registering so that we can determine the number and type of users of this curriculum site.

If you ARE a Washington state trauma care provider who wishes to meet the PER, you are required to register/login. To do so, click on the link below entitled "Login as a Washington state trauma care provider who wishes to meet the PER and is new to this site (create a new account)". You will be asked to enter your name, email address, phone number, job title, and trauma center information. This will provide you with a password-protected account that only you can access. If you choose to exit the curriculum before you complete the required number of modules, you may do so at any time. You may then return to the curriculum at any time with your account login/password by clicking on the home page link entitled "Login as a Washington state trauma care provider who wishes to meet the PER and has an existing account". This registration information will also be included in your certificate of completion, in order to provide evidence to the Washington State Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System that you have completed the curriculum, and thus met the requirements of the PER during the current designation cycle.


Curriculum content was developed by Sanjay Bhananker, MD, FRCA (Associate Professor), Sara Gravelin, MD (Senior Resident), Monica Vavilala, MD (Professor), and Sam Sharar, MD (Professor), from the Harborview Medical Center (University of Washington) Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine. Support for curriculum development and web programming was provided by:

  • Grants # H33 MC06683-02 and # H33 MC06683-08 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Emergency Medical Services for Children)
  • Funding from the Washington State Department of Health
  • Funding from the University of Washington Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
  • The Harborview Anesthesiology Research Center
  • Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS)
This website is hosted by Harborview Medical Center (UW Medicine) and was created by Creative Communications at the University of Washington.