Comparative Assessment of Severe Pediatric TBI Management between Developed and Developing Country Institutions: A Study Comparing Phoenix, Arizona to Neiva, Columbia
AffiliationThe University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
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Other TitlesComparative Assessment of Severe Pediatric TBI Management between Developed and Developing Country Institutions
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
DescriptionA Thesis submitted to The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine.
AbstractTraumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an etiologically heterogeneous condition that represents a global public health issue with major socioeconomic impact. Evidence-based guidelines for pediatric TBI management exist, and were last updated by the Brain Trauma Foundation in 2012. There are, however, limitations and barriers to their implementation; one such are the differences in resource utilization and availability in developed versus developing countries. In this study, we performed a retrospective review of pediatric patients with severe TBI in two tertiary, pediatric hospitals in the United States and Colombia, comparing characteristics, management and outcomes.