Welcome to Health Care Toolbox!

Find resources to address the psychological and emotional impact of the COVID 19 pandemic for children, families, and healthcare staff



Welcome to Health Care Toolbox, brought to you by the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS), a multidisciplinary center co-located at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. CPTS was created to address medical trauma in the lives of children and families.  


Our goals for Health Care Toolbox are to increase awareness of medical traumatic stress in children, provide information and evidence-based recommendations for health care providers, and guide parents and families to resources to help them cope with a child’s illness or injury.   


We also offer online education for health care providers! Check out our online courses on Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress and Trauma-Informed Care. These courses are free and offer CE credit for nurses.    


Thank You from Us to You!

We here at the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS), who run the HealthCareToolbox.org site and this blog, want to take this week’s blog post to send grateful thanks to all of our readers and to update you on our future endeavors. 

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Intersection of Culture, Trauma, and Trauma Informed Care

When a child and family enter a hospital or medical setting, many factors contribute to their perception of trauma and their reactions to it. Developmental age, prior medical experiences, previous non-medical trauma can all contribute to their reactions. As can their cultural background. 

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Spreading Trauma Informed Care Throughout a Hospital System

When speaking of a trauma informed practice, the responsibility for implementation often lands on the individual doctor, nurses, or other healthcare professional. However, for patients and families to truly experience trauma informed medical care, the entire hospital system needs to embrace trauma informed care.  

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Do You Follow Your Own Advice?

As a pediatric health care provider, how often do you explain to parents / caregivers the importance of taking care of themselves? Self care, you explain, is like pulling down your own oxygen mask first, so you will be better equipped to help others. But how many times, as a health care provider, do you practice what you preach?

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