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Paediatric Simulation and Paediatric Trauma

A1.2 Paediatric Trauma in Hong Kong: An Overview

Dr Michael Leung
Chief of Service,
Department of Surgery,
Hong Kong Children’s Hospital

Dr Michael Leung graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1991. He had Paediatric surgical training in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Queen Mary Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital. He also went to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London for overseas training in 1997. He became fellow of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong & the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine as a specialist of Paediatric Surgery in 2000.
Dr Leung is currently the Chief of Service & Consultant of Department of Surgery, Hong Kong Children’s Hospital.

Trauma is the leading cause of death in paediatric age group. In Hong Kong, we adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to trauma management with close collaboration between paediatric surgeons, emergency physicians and other specialties.

In this lecture, we will share our experience on paediatric trauma management in previous 10 years. We will illustrate the common causes and mechanism of trauma injury in Hong Kong. It is also interesting to know which organs and systems are more vulnerable to injury in severe trauma and what are the parameters associated with poor prognosis.

Currently the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital is not playing the role of an acute trauma centre. However, we are still paying a lot of effort to support the paediatric trauma service especially in Kowloon region. We will describe the model of trauma service provision in this lecture. Also, we will have a brief talk on two specific entities in paediatric trauma management including isolated blunt splenic injury and pelvic fracture.

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