Pediatric Blast Injuries

A. Francois Trappey, Jeremy W. Cannon*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Children exposed to blast events ranging from low-energy fireworks to high-energy explosions can suffer severe, life-threatening injuries. Optimizing survival for these young victims requires a detailed understanding of the common injury patterns, appreciation of the physiologic response of children to blast injuries, and availability of the resources and supplies needed to manage critically injured children. This chapter reviews the epidemiology of blast injuries in children, the physiologic response to blast injury, a recommended approach to injury identification in blast-injured children, and an overview of specific injuries by organ system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOperational and Medical Management of Explosive and Blast Incidents
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030406554
ISBN (Print)9783030406547
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Blast injury
  • Explosion
  • Fireworks injury
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Resuscitation


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