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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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A statement regarding the Uvalde school shooting

The Pediatric Trauma Society and its more than 1,000 members are professionals from all walks of the healthcare spectrum. We are dedicated to the care of the youngest victims of firearms violence, like those injured and killed in Uvalde, Texas yesterday. Our hearts and our minds are with the community of Uvalde, we grieve with them much as we grieve for the child (and adult) victims of gun violence we encounter each day in our own trauma centers. This is not new; this is not different; this is not unexpected. Communities are still mourning their losses following the recent mass shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo, NY and a church in Orange County, CA. We have been working to address this issue for many, many years (PTS position statement). Despite efforts to curb gun violence, in 2020 in the US, firearm injuries surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death in children. In that regard, America is like no other civilized nation on earth.

As providers of pediatric trauma care, we are hands on witnesses to the devastation of firearm violence in children. We are with these children when they are gravely ill. We may be with these children when they draw their last breath. We are responsible for letting the families…the mothers, the fathers, the sisters and brothers know that their loved one died that day. We too are grief-stricken wondering what more we could have done to prevent the tragic loss of life. Could we have trained more? Could we have made different care decisions? Could they have gotten the child to us sooner? But even more devastating to health care professionals is when the weapons used produce injuries that are intentionally unsurvivable and these patients never even make it to care. Such was the case in Sandy Hook. How could this happen…again? We all know this is a solvable problem, if we choose. We know that most Americans support efforts to mitigate this ongoing, needless loss of young lives. We wonder though, why nothing is ever done to advance efforts with broad public support such as universal background checks or expanding child access prevention laws or limiting access to assault-style weapons. If firearms are the reason more children die, more than in car crashes, more than from cancer, why then are we not funding and approaching study of this issue as the public health emergency that it is? Our children deserve better. The Pediatric Trauma Society and its members support common sense measures to curb the seemingly endless epidemic of gun violence. Inaction on this issue is not acceptable and those entrusted with ensuring the well-being of our children and our communities must be held accountable for the change that is necessary.

Michael L. Nance, MD
President, Pediatric Trauma Society

"It takes a monster to kill children. But to watch monsters kill children again and again and do nothing isn’t just insanity—it’s inhumanity." — Amanda Gorman

PTS Webinar
Pediatric Abdominal Trauma From Farm to Table
Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Registration is available! The registration fee for this webinar is $25.00. PTS is happy to offer complimentary registration to PTS EMS Members in good standing with their dues.
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Cine-Med designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, this activity also provides 1.00 contact hour for nurses.

PTS Webinar: Pediatric Abdominal Trauma From Farm to Table Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern Time

PTS 8th Annual Meeting

2022 Pilot Funds for Pediatric Trauma Research

The Pediatric Trauma Society is pleased to announce the availability of pilot funds to promote basic, translational, or clinical investigation by PTS members. The program is intended to support early-stage investigators at the assistant or associate professor level in the generation data supporting future applications for extramural funding.
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Deadline: June 1, 2022, 5:00 pm CDT

A message from PTS President, Dr. Michael Nance

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.

PTS Guidelines HUB

The one-stop shop for pediatric trauma guidlines.

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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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.

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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