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Chapter 1: Introduction

Adelson, P. David MD, FACS, FAAP; Bratton, Susan L. MD, MPH; Carney, Nancy A. PhD; Chesnut, Randall M. MD, FCCM, FACS; du Coudray, Hugo E. M. PhD; Goldstein, Brahm MD, FAAP, FCCM; Kochanek, Patrick M. MD, FCCM; Miller, Helen C. MD, FAAP; Partington, Michael D. MD, FAAP, FACS; Selden, Nathan R. MD, PhD; Warden, Craig R. MD, MPH, FAAP, FACEP; Wright, David W. MD, FACEP

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: July 2003 - Volume 4 - Issue 3 - p S2-S4
doi: 10.1097/01.CCM.0000066600.71233.01

From the University of Pittsburgh (PDA); University of Michigan (SLB); Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology (NAC), Department of Neurological Surgery (RMC, HEMdC, NRS), Department of Pediatrics (BG), Department of Emergency Medicine (HCM), Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery (NRS), Pediatric Neurotrauma (NRS), and Pediatric Emergency Services (CRW), Oregon Health & Science University; Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (PMK); Pediatric Neurosurgery (MDP), Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare; Emergency Medicine Research Center (DWW), Emory University School of Medicine.

Address requests for reprints to: Nancy Carney, PhD, Department of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201-3098.

The sections Degrees of Certainty, Classification of Evidence, and Correlation Between Evidence and Recommendations closely mirror the adult “Guidelines for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.”

These guidelines address key issues relating to the management of severe traumatic brain injury in pediatric patients with a Glasgow Coma Scale score of 3–8. Pediatric is defined as <18 yrs of age.

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