October, 2015

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Lee Ann Wurster, RN
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Richard Falcone, Jr, MD, MPH
Pediatric Trauma Society President
Director, Trauma Services
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio


As my year as President comes to an end I want to thank everyone for continuing to be enthusiastic members of PTS and working hard to grow the organization and our reach in improving outcomes for injured children. Through collaboration across disciplines we have been able to learn from each other and create new partnerships that will certainly impact the lives of injured children moving forward. The PTS has gained increasing recognition and respect by other organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, and the Journal of Trauma just to name a few.
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  The Pediatric Trauma Society 2nd Annual Meeting will be held November 6-7, 2015 at the OMNI Resort & Spa Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our packed program encompasses all aspects of pediatric trauma and has been approved for continuing education credits by the American College of Surgeons and Georgia Nurses Association.

The PTS Meeting is the only meeting for pediatric trauma professionals to convene
as a unified society. We hope to see you there!

Diane C. Hochstuhl, MSN, RN, NP-C
Nemours/duPont Hospital for Children


The Education Committee accomplished two of its major goals over the last few months. First, a learning needs assessment was developed and sent to all PTS members in June via a survey monkey. The survey assessed 1) a member’s willingness to share educational resources and 2) what educational resources should PTS have available for their members. The results were collated and are now available for review on the PTS website under Education Committee, Helpful Links. Here is a short summary: There were 91 respondents: Physicians (45) Nurses (36) Other professionals (14)
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Steven Woods, RN, BSN, MBA
St. Louis Children's Hospital


The membership committee of the Pediatric Trauma Society is looking to recruit new members and engage existing members within the organization. We have various committees and opportunities to put to good use your knowledge, experience, and expertise. If you are wondering where to start or how you can participate in one of the many committees, please stop by the Membership Committee Booth or see one of the members of the Membership Committee at the upcoming 2nd Annual Meeting of the PTS on November 6 or 7 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Regardless if you are a new member or an existing member of PTS, we want to hear from you.
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Kimberly M. Erickson, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery
UNC School of Medicine
Director, Pediatric Trauma
NC Children’s Hospital


In September, 2012, 6-year-old Lilli Goins, her twin sister, and her grandmother were involved in a high-speed MVC when an SUV crossed over the center lane line and hit their Ford Explorer. Lilli was ejected from the vehicle and found unresponsive and posturing on EMS arrival. Recognizing the severity of her injury and need for immediate subspecialty care, local EMS called immediately for Carolina Air Care to transfer Lilli directly to University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill. Upon our air transport arrival, she had agonal respirations, posturing, and a GCS of 4. The skilled flight nurses performed rapid sequence intubation as well as a needle decompression of the left chest and transported via helicopter to UNC.
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Vickie Graymire RN, MS, CEN, CAISS
Course Director/Technical Coordinator
AAAM, AIS Injury Scaling Course


AIS is an anatomically based, consensus-derived global severity scoring system that classifies each injury by body region according to its relative importance on a 6-point ordinal scale. The AIS performs well as a measure of mortality, although mortality is not the sole determinant of AIS severity. Pediatric considerations were first introduced to the AIS in 1990 after review by Susan Baker and pediatric trauma surgeons.
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Guideline Committee Report
John K. Petty, MD
Guideline Committee Chair
Brenner Children's Hospital


The guidelines committee will be presenting the results of a national consensus study on the role of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in pediatric trauma at the 2nd Annual PTS meeting next month. The same group is working on a GRADE evidence-based guideline on VTE prophylaxis in pediatric trauma. In addition, guideline development related to non-accidental trauma continues to move forward. A project like that requires a lot of time and energy from busy people. While the result of this effort is still several months off, we anticipate hearing from this group at next year’s national meeting. The committee is excited to discuss their current work in Scottsdale next month, as well as identify new project ideas. We invite more members of the PTS to join in the critical work of guideline development.
Join the AAST for this live broadcast entitled “Little Patients, Big Challenges: Pediatric Trauma and Surgical Care in the Austere Environment”, Thursday, October 29 at 5:00PM Eastern. Presented by Ken Azarow, MD, Oregon Health & Sciences University; Martin Schreiber, MD, Oregon Health & Sciences University; Lucas Neff, MD, Davis Grant Medical Center; Matthew Martin, MD, Madigan Army Medical Center and moderated by: Matthew Martin, MD, Madigan Army Medical Center.
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