When child services are called

Dr. Ed Buchanan, a pediatric surgeon, explains when and why child protective services may be called when a child is brought to the emergency room
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When child services are called

So child services are called in an emergency room setting or in a hospital room setting whenever there’s any suspicion that a child could be injured by any of their caregivers. It’s important for family members not to be alarmed if child protective services is called for your child. Essentially what’s happening is one of the medical professionals has become concerned with some of the injury patterns that’s occurring in the patient that they’re taking care of. So what they’re doing is trying to figure out what happened, and how it happened. The purpose of this is just to make sure that children are not being injured or harmed by any of their guardians. And 9/10 times these injuries are just accidents and there’s no issues. But I think all of us would agree for those patients who are getting injured by some of their guardians it’s important we have a system to look into these things to prevent any sort of issues from occurring.

Dr. Ed Buchanan, a pediatric surgeon, explains when and why child protective services may be called when a child is brought to the emergency room


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Edward Buchanan

Pediatric Plastic Surgeon & Author

Dr. Edward P. Buchanan is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  He is the Chief of Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital. Before coming to Houston, he trained in Plastic Surgery at Stanford University and did further training in Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington.  Although he performs all kinds of Plastic and Pediatric Plastic Surgery, his main focus of practice is Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery as well as Craniofacial Surgery.When he is not in Houston, Dr. Buchanan enjoys traveling to countries across the globe to teach and learn from other surgeons.  His most recent trip was to Lilongwe, Malawi, where he was a member of the Texas Children’s Hospital Global Surgical Initiative to help perform and teach Cleft and Pediatric Plastic Surgery.He recently wrote a children’s book entitled, “The Adventures of the Prickly Pear and the Happy Hoglet: Beginning the Journey of the Mental Ninja.” The book is intended to help children begin to develop a healthy self-image so that they can begin their Journey to becoming Mental Ninja’s (mentalninja.org).  The story was inspired by the children and family’s Dr. Buchanan has cared for over the years. 

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