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Detection of missed injuries in a pediatric trauma center with the addition of acute care pediatric nurse practitioners.

Resler J, Hackworth J, Mayo E, et al. J Trauma Nurs. 2014;21(6):272-275; quiz 276-277.

Missed injuries and delayed diagnoses are a relatively common problem in trauma care. This study describes a 150% increase in the number of documented missed injuries that were caught following the introduction of acute care nurse practitioners on a pediatric trauma service. The authors attribute the uptick in identified missed injuries to better charting and follow-up examinations.