The PTS is a professional organization for all healthcare providers interested in improving outcomes for injured children through development of optimal care guidelines, education, research and advocacy. PTS is the product of the collaborative vision of many pediatric trauma healthcare providers from around the world. Filling a void, PTS is working toward becoming the resource for both pediatric and adult trauma care providers to improve pediatric trauma care regardless of where injured children are cared for.
As you know, due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity of creating the safest learning experience, portions of this year’s PTS Annual Meeting that was to take place in person November 4-7, 2020 in New Orleans, LA, will now be held in a virtual format. With the importance of the health and well-being of members, attendees, faculty, patients, staff, and other stakeholders, it is was clear that a traditional PTS Meeting will not be possible.
In efforts to continue to live and promote the PTS mission of improving outcomes for injured children through development of optimal care guidelines, education, research and advocacy the PTS will be bringing to you a webinar series, PTS MEET (Monthly Education Experience on Trauma) from January – July 2021.
PTS LIVE Meeting Information
Thank you to all that joined PTS LIVE on Friday, November 6th! All PTS LIVE registrants are able to access the PTS LIVE Portal to claim your ACCME Credit by clicking on the Virtual Meeting Portal button below, and log in using the same credentials you used for PTS LIVE.
Virtual Abstract Presentations & ePosters are still available on our online program. Be sure to support the work of your colleagues by viewing their presentations online. Thank you to those who submitted their work for a virtual presentation.
Did You Miss the PTS LIVE Meeting?
Not to worry, we have you covered! You are able to register via the button below and have access to all of the session recordings and claim your CME or Nursing credit!
Registration and housing are now available. The Preliminary Program will be online shortly.
Downloadable tools: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Toolkit for Emotional Coping for Healthcare Staff
Slideset – for individuals or healthcare teams to learn coping and resilience building skills.
Secondary Traumatic Stress for Healthcare Professionals
Slideset – for individuals or healthcare teams to learn about secondary traumatic stress and how individuals and institutions can help address it.
Information on the impact of COVID19 on healthcare staff wellbeing, and on promoting coping and resilience.
Links to other useful resources
Downloadable tipsheets for parents in English and Spanish: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Helping My Child Cope
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Cómo Ayudar A Mi Hijo A Sobrellevar La Situación
Information for parents on helping children cope, with special tips for families in which a child has existing health concerns.
Links to other useful resources.
In Memory of Dr. Joseph Tepas, III
On December 20, 2019, we lost a true "voice for the injured child." Throughout his long career, Joseph J. Tepas, III, MD committed his time and talents to addressing the number one killer of children – trauma. Following his fellowship in pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Tepas became head of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA. In 1983, he joined the faculty of University of Florida - Jacksonville dedicating his life to the care of ill and injured children. "JJT" was instrumental in founding the pediatric trauma program in Jacksonville and was critical to the development of Florida's state trauma system and the first pediatric-specific trauma registry, the National Pediatric Trauma Registry. He was a surgeon dedicated to his patients who also understood the importance of evidence to inform decisions.
A message from our President
Highlights from the 2019 Pediatric Trauma Society Annual Meeting
In this EAST Traumacast, Drs. Ian Mitchell, Alexander Gibbons, and Alejandra Casar Berazaluce present highlights from the 2019 Pediatric Trauma Society Annual Meeting. Great stuff on head injury risk calculation, whole blood and viscoelastic assays in pediatric resuscitation, Pediatric Trauma Research, and firearm violence prevention.
The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (JTACS) is the official publication of the Pediatric Trauma Society. All PTS members are eligible to receive the journal at a discounted price as long as your dues are current. The reduced rate of is based on a calendar year and you have the option of choosing a paper and electronic copy, or electronic only. To sign up for the discounted rate, please contact the AAST office at 800-789-4006 and state you are with the PTS and want the discounted rate for JTACS, (please have your PTS membership number handy). To continue to receive JTACS, you will need to contact AAST to renew your subscription starting in October of each year.
Interested in contributing to the Pediatric Trauma Society newsletter? Join Editor Jeff Upperman and other PTS members in creating a valuable resource for both pediatric and adult trauma care providers. Please contact the National Office for more information.
PTS website is not intended nor recommended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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