The main areas of diagnosis, treatment and research which are of special concern to Pediatric Surgeons include:
Surgical management of congenital anomalies is the "raison d'être" of Pediatric Surgery. Progressive improvements in pre-, intra- and postoperative care of patients with congenital anomalies have lead to better outcomes and quality of life for the patient and their families. Modern techniques in fetal and endoscopic surgery have become well established in the care of the surgical newborn.
Cancer is the second most common cause of death in childhood. A multidisciplinary approach to treatment involving Pediatric Surgeons, Pediatric Oncologists and Radiation Oncologists can achieve a cure in over 50% of these patients.
Injuries are the number one killer of children in North America. With modern methods of first aid, transportation, resuscitation, intensive care, and specialized surgical care, many of these seriously traumatized children can be saved. Trauma prevention is critical in reducing the incidence of preventable injuries involving children.
To achieve our goals in improving surgical care for babies and children, the Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons has established an Education and Research Funds to support doctors, nurses and others working in the paediatric health field with scholarly activities that promote increased knowledge in the diagnosis and management of surgical conditions affecting child health.
The CAPS coat of arms symbolizes the principles and purposes of the Association.