only pediatric trauma center in Lubbock and the region
When your child experiences trauma - Covenant Children's should be your
ONLY choice. Covenant Children's operates the region's only pediatric
trauma center. We are verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS)
as a level II pediatric trauma center. Each year we see over 450 pediatric
trauma encounters and we have a number of specialists -such as pediatric
trauma surgeons, pediatric orthopedic surgeons, pediatric neurosurgery
physicians, etc. - that are on-call to respond immediately to any trauma needs.
Pediatric trauma patients arrive through our
dedicated pediatric emergency department, the first in the region. Furthermore, our Pediatric ED served as the
region's only dedicated pediatric ED for over 10 years. When a trauma
meets certain criteria for a trauma activation, a full team of specialists
will be mobilized to ensure you child receives the care they need.
An adult trauma center (even level I) not also verified for pediatrics
is not guaranteed to meet the American College of Surgeon's pediatric
trauma standards - or ANY standards that demonstrate ability to care for
children for that matter.
Verification as a pediatric trauma center matters. In order to be verified as a pediatric trauma center, Covenant Children's
had to meet the requirements in the Resources for Optimal Care of the
Injured Patient manual and undergo an on-site survey, conducted by a team
of reviewers experienced in the field of trauma. Established by the American
College of Surgeons (ACS) in 1987, the Consultation/Verification Program
for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants
provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but
also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients
- from prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.
The ACS recommends that pediatric trauma centers should be used to the
fullest extent feasible,” and only, “when a pediatric trauma
center is not available, [should] its role be carried out by an adult
trauma center that fulfills the requirements for provision of optimal
trauma care to children.”
Level I Adult Trauma centers may not be equipped to handle, nor are they
verified to care for, pediatric patients unless they elect to also be
verified as a Pediatric Trauma center.
To see what makes a pediatric trauma center, review the table below from
the Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.
When your child needs trauma care, you want to go to the
pediatric trauma center - Covenant Children's.
E= Essential ; D=Desired
We proudly participate in the Pediatric Trauma Quality Improvement Program
(TQIP). The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT)
has been dedicated to improving the quality of care for injured patients
for more than 80 years. Since 2016, the Trauma Quality Improvement Program
(TQIP) has continued this focus on improving quality care by providing
validated, risk-adjusted benchmarking for Pediatric trauma centers. The
risk-adjusted data, combined with training and collaboration with other
TQIP participants, allows TQIP participants to track outcomes and improve
In 2019, we also made significant investment in our pediatric surgical
program via beginning to participate in the American College of Surgeons
Pediatric National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS Pediatric NSQIP®). Through our Pediatric NSQIP participation we collect highly reliable
clinical data that allows us to compare our surgical outcomes with the
outcomes of other participants in the program. This ensures we provide
care on par with the other major children's hospitals across the United
States. We are the
ONLY Pediatric NSQIP participating facility in our Region. We participate because
providing the best possible care your child matters. It matters to us
and we know it certainly matters to you.
Leading the Region
As leaders in pediatric care within the West Texas/Panhandle Plains and
Eastern New Mexico regions, Covenant Children's is proud to offer
numerous training and education opportunities for providers and facilities
in our region. For example, we provide Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC),
ENPC (Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course), Neonatal Resuscitation Protocol
(NRP), Basic Life Support (BLS), and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
(ACLS) courses, among many others. See what
education we offer to other providers and know that your child is receiving care at a facility that leads in
We also partner with regional facilities by providing Pedi ED Readiness
Assessments, based on national standards, whereby we help evaluate facilities
readiness to care for pediatric emergencies. This includes ensuring the
facility has appropriate equipment, supplies, policies and procedures,
training, etc. Research shows that hospitals that score higher on readiness
assessment tools have significantly (~4x) lower mortality than hospitals
scoring at the lowest quartile.
By Ground or Air - We're There
Specialty Pediatric Transport Team is ready to to transport children who sustain a traumatic injury, are
born prematurely, or that may be suffering from respiratory distress.
Seconds and minutes can make a real difference in children and hosting
the region's only pediatric transport team is a natural extension
of our committmen to providing the highest quality of pediatric care that we can.