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A Multidisciplinary Child Protection Team Improves the Care of Nonaccidental Trauma Patients

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We initiated a multidisciplinary Child Protection Team (CPT) as a subgroup of our pediatric multidisciplinary trauma peer review committee. Meetings are held monthly. Nonaccidental trauma (NAT) patients from the preceding month are reviewed. The meeting has two parts. During the open part, detectives and child protective services (CPS) workers are invited to discuss specific cases. The closed part focuses on improvement of specific processes and future outcomes. Attendance is recorded and minutes are kept. We sought to review accomplishments of this group. We retrospectively reviewed the minutes from our CPT meetings conducted between February 2014 and April 2015. We tracked attendance, cases reviewed, process improvement projects, and corrective action plans. Meeting attendance was very good—78 per cent. During the 15-month study period, we had 141 suspected NAT patients; 96 were reviewed at our meetings. CPS workers attended 53 per cent of the meetings; 13 investigations were discussed. We established a clinical practice guideline for the evaluation of NAT patients. We created a mechanism to improve compliance with follow-up skeletal surveys. Six corrective letters were sent to individuals notifying them of care concerns and opportunities for improvement. Equipment needs were identified, and we obtained a digital camera and speaker phone. We have conducted multiple educational sessions to increase awareness. Our CPT meeting has improved the care of our NAT patients and provided better communication between our hospital staff and CPS workers. We have improved inhospital processes for our NAT patients. We have provided educational opportunities to outside care providers.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Publication date: May 1, 2017

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