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Welcome to the Pediatric Trauma Society
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.
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PTS 7th Annual Meeting

Be sure to register by the early bird registration deadline of Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
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Reserve your room before the Housing Cut-Off of 5:00 PM central time on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
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Information and resources from the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS)

The CPTS website - - now has information and resources for healthcare staff and for families about managing the stress / psychological impact of COVID19. Check it out at:

Here's what you will find there


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.

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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.
Highlights from the 2019 Pediatric Trauma Society Annual Meeting

Byron D. Hughes MD, MPH, Nathaniel Kreykes, MD, Rosemary Nabaweesi, DrPH, Shannon Longshore, MD, Eric Sribnick, MD, John Petty, MD Read more

The Pediatric Trauma Society Educational Fund was established to support educational initiatives and awards related to the Annual Meeting.

Your contribution will be used to support:

  • The Joseph J. Tepas Best Presentation Award, awarded annually
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Trauma, awarded annually
  • Expenses related to the annual Keynote Speaker

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PTS Newsletter
Jeff Upperman
Terri Elsbernd

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.

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PTS and EAST Collaborate for Online Pediatric Trauma Education
PTS has partnered with the EAST Education Center to provide online pediatric trauma education to our members. PTS members will find a unique coupon code in the members only area that will allow access to EAST Online Education Center. Visit the members only area to retrieve your code.