PTS Newsletter
December, 2013

Lee Ann Wurster, RN
Lee Ann Wurster, RN
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN
Terri Elsbernd
Mayo Clinic Hospital

Lynn Haas, RN, MSN, CNP
We all want our ideas to catch on as soon as we try something new. PTS is no exception to this statement. However, "contagious ideas" or ones worth developing take time and energy.

Let's step back a moment and compare two contagious ideas - the development of a national pediatric trauma society vs. the development of the Apple iPhone.

In November, the Pediatric Trauma Society held its annual Executive Board elections. We had a wonderful response to our call for nominations with 5 wonderful candidates running for the position of Member-At-Large and two equally fantastic nominees in both the President-Elect and Treasurer elections.

David "Marco" Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP, Director, National Healthcare Preparedness Programs
Cynthia K. Hansen, PhD, Senior Advisor, Division of National Healthcare Preparedness Programs
When disaster strikes, our healthcare delivery system must stand at the ready in a moment's notice to meet extreme demands and effectively save lives. This is particularly true for children. In disasters, pediatric patients will arrive to hospitals with or without caregivers who may also be injured. Ready or not, they will come.

Major Steven Tucker
Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Ohio
In every state in the nation, heroin is becoming an epidemic. Long gone are the days when heroin was obscure and considered off limits by most drug abusers. Perhaps even more alarming, is the fact that the majority of heroin addicts begin their downward spiral as teenagers.

American College of Surgeons Announces Verification of 400th Verified Trauma Center
The American College of Surgeons has verified the University of North Carolina Hospitals, North Carolina Children's as a Level I pediatric trauma center. This marks the 400th verified trauma center by the College.
Do you have an interest in pediatric trauma nursing courses? Have you developed or participated in the development of a pediatric trauma nursing course? Have you developed on-line trauma education?

Nationwide Children's Hospital has one of the busiest pediatric emergency departments in the country with nearly 77,000 patient visits in 2011. As one of the first pediatric hospitals in Ohio to be verified as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in 1991, the trauma service at Nationwide Children's admits more than 1500 patients a year, many whom require activation of the trauma response team.

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Exhibits Manager