Background: Injury remains the leading cause of death and disability for Australian children. There is known variability in the quality of care delivered to injured children in Australia. This study prioritises recommendations developed from an expert review of paediatric trauma cases, for implementation with the aim of improving health service delivery to children sustaining severe injury. Methods: A modified-Delphi study was conducted between October 2018 and February 2019. Two rounds of an online survey to rank the suitability and importance of each of the 26 recommendations was conducted. Final decisions on the priorities for change in the paediatric trauma system was determined by a consensus of ≥80% for importance and/or suitability. Results: One hundred and one participants completed Round 1, and 60 participants completed Round 2 of the modified-Delphi. In Round 1, 13 recommendations reached ≥80% and in round 2, 11 recommendations reached ≥80%. Those ranked highest focussed on pre-hospital airway management, streamlining retrieval and transfer processes, improving hospital nursing ratios and radiology reporting. Conclusion: This modified-Delphi study identified the priority areas for recommended change to the NSW paediatric trauma system. Work to address these areas has the potential to provide more coordinated and timely care to children sustaining severe injury.
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- Emergency nursing
- Healthcare delivery
- Paediatric emergency medicine
- Paediatric trauma