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Pediatric Trauma Centers Being Passed Over

Florida has 13 pediatric trauma centers, but critically injured children are not always taken to these specialized facilities, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 
Though the state says pediatric trauma centers are best equipped for these injuries, well-meaning paramedics often are taking patients to trauma centers that are are closer, but are designed for adults, the Times reports.
For example, the Times investigation found more than 100 children younger than 16 were taken to adult trauma centers owned by HCA Healthcare, and that more than 60 had to be transferred to another hospital for treatment.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.