Health Care Providers:
You Can Help Parents Help Their Children Recover From Injury
Every year millions of children in the US are injured. Most do well. But for some children and their parents, an accident or injury can cause overwhelming feelings of fear, helplessness, or horror. This can lead to more than just normal reactions to stress— traumatic stress can get in the way of recovery.
WHO CAN HELP: Emergency, medical, and rehabilitation personnel; teachers and other community members; friends and family
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
- Be informed about traumatic stress reactions: what symptoms to look for and how to respond.
- Let families know about the resources on AfterTheInjury.org.
AfterTheInjury.org is a valuable resource for parents of your injured children. It combines practical guidance and tools with up-to- date information to help parents care for their children.The website was created by an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners that includes pediatricians, psychologists, trauma surgeons, and trauma nurses.
Website development was made possible in part by funding from the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
- Information prescription form
- Sample e-mail reminder to parents
- Reminder cards for parents
- Patient handouts
- Discharge letter (sample text)
- Flyer / Poster for waiting room
For more information and training tools for pediatric health care providers:
Information prescription and email reminder to parents
An information prescription from a trusted health care provider can guide parents to reliable and evidence-based health information on the web to help in their child’s care.
(ready to print on standard template - Avery 5315)
Reminder cards for Parents
Handy wallet-size cards help parents remember this useful resource when they need it.
(ready to print on standard business card templates - Avery 5371, 8371, or 8871)
Handouts provide basic information and quick tips for parents and children about emotional recovery after an injury.
Download pdf’s here:
- After The Injury: Helping My Child Cope (for parents)
- After The Injury: Tips for Kids (for children 8 and older)
- After The Injury: Helping Myself Cope (for parents)
Follow-up and monitoring of patient needs after hospital discharge
Some Trauma and Orthopedics services have found it useful to add a brief statement to the discharge letter that is routinely sent to the patient’s primary care provider (PCP), encouraging follow-up about psychosocial recovery at the patient’s next visit. Sample text can be adapted for use with your hospital’s discharge letter.
Materials that may be included with the discharge letter:
- Download Primary Care Provider brochure
- Download parent handout: After The Injury: Helping My Child Cope
Flyer / Poster for waiting room
Post this flyer in your waiting room, or give to parents who want additional information about the After The Injury website.
- Download AfterTheInjury poster.