PTS Newsletter
March, 2015

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

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

Richard Falcone, Jr, MD, MPH
Pediatric Trauma Society President
Director, Trauma Services
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

As spring is upon us and the busy pediatric trauma season approaches I am encouraged by all of the exciting collaborative work coming out of our committees and organization as a whole. In this newsletter you will read about the opening of the abstract portal for our second annual meeting which will build upon the successes of year one.

PTS 2nd Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

Join us in November at the Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia!

Call for Abstracts
Deadline: May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EDT

The PTS meeting is the only forum for pediatric trauma professionals to assemble as a unified society in order to exchange ideas and network as an international community. This year's gathering will continue to build on the success of the first meeting by providing a forum to present current trends ranging from injury prevention to rehabilitation of the pediatric trauma patient. The 2nd Annual Meeting will include pre-conference sessions, research updates and guideline forums in addition to oral abstract presentations.

We look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale!

Valerie Maholmes, Ph.D., CAS
Chief, Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch was established to address the compelling needs of traumatized, injured, and critically ill children and their families. While in its history NICHD had made investments in the areas of science, the formulation of the Branch will bring a more focused and unified research agenda to the Institute's investment in these important topics.

Martin S. Keller, MD
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Steven Woods
Trauma Services Manager
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Trauma remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States for children older than one year of age and is of greatest concern for children who have suffered from vascular injury (Klinker, et al, 2007). In children, vascular injuries are most likely the result of a penetrating mechanism and occur in conjunction with the transfer of significant kinetic energy. Though vascular injuries happen infrequently, delayed identification and inappropriate management impact the immediate and lifelong outcomes.

Jeffrey Leonard, MD
Nationwide Children's Hospital

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

Since 1974, the Glascow Coma Scale has provided a simple, easily communicated tool for bedside assessment of level of consciousness on patients with acute brain injury. The scale was described by Graham Teasdale and Bryan Jennett as a consistent method for use in both general and specialist units and has been used in more than 80 countries.

Bindi Naik-Mathuria, MD
Texas Children's Hospital
Background: There is controversy regarding the benefits of non-operative vs. operative management for high-grade pancreatic injuries in children. Practice patterns vary among institutions and providers (equipoise). Literature thus far based on low levels of evidence.

May 2015 is National Trauma Awareness Month and serves as a great opportunity for organizations to join in the activities and help promote injury prevention and education. This year American Trauma Society (ATS) is teaming up with various other organizations for the 2015 campaign, 3-D Trauma Prevention- Drugs and Drinking, Distracted Driving, and Drowsiness.


The purpose of the Membership Committee is to develop innovative ways to attract new members and retain current membership. One of the charges of the committee is to examine the reasons PTS attracts and maintains members to assure that the organization remains responsive to those issues.

PTS Education Committee Update
Diane C. Hochstuhl MSN RN NP-C
Nemours/duPont Hospital for Children
The Education committee is planning to conduct a learning needs assessment via survey monkey for all members regarding what they would like to see on the PTS website regarding education services. We are collecting and vetting free online CME links to be posted within the website.

We are soliciting for abstracts and potential presenters for the sunrise sessions at EAST 2016. Sunrise sessions are typically 50 minutes. If interested, please contact Diane Hochstuhl at

Diane C. Hochstuhl MSN RN NP-C

PTS Research Committee Update
Rita V. Burke, PhD, MPH
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  1. Laerdal Foundation funding received for multi-center evaluation of defined pediatric trauma activation criteria. Project is underway.
  2. The PTS research committee is recruiting study sites for a randomized control trial studying operative vs. non-operative management of pancreatic trauma with duct injury (AAST Grade III) There are 16 interested sites thus far. Anyone interested in participating or learning more about the study should contact Dr. Bindi Naik-Mathuria at
  3. Anyone else who is interested in conducting a study or has an idea and would like input, please contact the Research Committee co-chairs. The committee is willing and available to review pediatric trauma related studies and provide feedback.
  4. Next call is on April 6th at 9 AM PST.
Rita V. Burke, PhD, MPH
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