PTS Newsletter
September, 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
"Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there."
-Will Rogers (1879-1935)

This well-known quote by famed humorist Will Rogers is as true today as it was when Rogers first stated it; but in order for it to apply; one must first get on the right track, and then get moving!

SallyJo Zuspan RN, MSN
This October, Pediatric Trauma Society Vice President Barbara Gaines, MD, will meet with representatives of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) to explore research partnership opportunities. PECARN is a federally-funded*, multi-institutional network for research in pediatric emergency medicine. Eighteen emergency departments and a central data coordinating center, serving approximately 1.2 million children annually, make up this network.

Robert Maxson, MD
Between 2005 and 2008, evaluations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Surgeons' (ACS's) Committee on Trauma all ranked Arkansas at or near the bottom of the U.S. in trauma and emergency care, citing lack of a coordinated system, no designated trauma centers, and long times to definitive care as the causes of mortality that was 50% higher than the national average.

The PTS Investigator Database is up and running as of June 2013. The goal of the database is to foster collaboration between investigators and across institutions. Database features include member contact information, ability to upload a photo and CV, publications, geographical collaboration map, and a search function that allows members to search for PTS members with a specific research interest.

PTS members are seeking your participation in two upcoming studies that will document current practices, frequencies, and outcomes associated with Massive Transfusion Protocol (MTP) Activations in children.

Dana L. Noffsinger, RN, MS, CPNP-AC/PC
Since before the 1960's, Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) have molded their role to fill gaps and enhance care in health systems. With the enforcement of resident work hour restrictions in 2003 and the subsequent reduction of inpatient healthcare providers, APNs increased their inpatient involvement.

Rebecca Pinyerd RN, BSN, CPEN
Kris Thompson RN, CPEN
The Trauma Nurse Leader (TNL) role was developed by the Emergency Department (ED) educators in collaboration with hospital administrators and trauma leaders at Nationwide Children's Hospital who recognized the need for the development of a core group of nurses who provided expert trauma care.

Executive Board
Lynn Haas, RN, CNP
Trauma Program Manager
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cincinnati, OH

Vice President
Barbara A. Gaines, MD
Trauma Program Director
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA

Jonathan Groner, MD
Trauma Medical Director
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, OH

Jeffery Upperman, MD
Trauma Medical Director
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Immediate Past President
David Mooney, MD, MPH
Trauma Medical Director
Children's Hospital
Boston, MA

Member at Large
Garet Free, NRP, FP-C
Paramedic / Pediatric Trauma Specialist
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
Atlanta, GA

Member at Large
Kathy Haley, RN, BSN
Trauma Program Manager
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, OH

Member at Large
Michael L. Nance, MD
Director, Pediatric Trauma Program
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

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