PTS Newsletter
Fall, 2016

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

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

Robert Letton Jr., MD, FAAP, FACS
Pediatric Trauma Society President
Professor of Pediatric Surgery
The University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine

As my year as President comes to an end, I want to thank everyone for working hard to grow the organization and truly become THE VOICE for injured children. The PTS has continued to gain increasing recognition and respect from other organizations including the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, the Society of Trauma Nurses, and the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery just to name a few... More
Executive Board 2016-2017 Election Results
Please welcome the new members of the 2016-2017 Pediatric Trauma Society Executive Board:

President-Elect: Lisa Gray, MHA, RN, CPN
Secretary: Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN
Member-At-Large: Steven Stylianos, MD
Member-At-Large: Jeff Upperman, MD

Congratulations! We look forward to working with you all. A big thank you to all those who ran; it was a full ballot of proven leaders!
Jonathan I. Groner, MD
Pediatric Trauma Society Incoming President
Trauma Medical Director
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Incoming PTS president Jonathan I. Groner MD is currently the Trauma Medical Director at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Groner is originally from the north suburbs of Chicago and attended both undergraduate school and medical school within 30 miles of his home before moving to Milwaukee for general surgery training... More
3rd Annual Meeting Overview
Margot Daugherty, MSN, Med, RN, CEN
Program Committee Chair

The 3rd Annual PTS Meeting is right around the corner! Fred Rivara, MD, MPH will kick-off the meeting as the keynote speaker discussing “Guns in America.” There is excitement surrounding the 1st Annual Tepas Competition that will showcase 12 outstanding abstracts. Fifty-six abstracts are also being presented in the general Scientific Sessions and 44 posters in the Poster Competition.

A well designed Preconference is new this year to meet the clinical needs of the Nurses and Allied Health providers. There are multiple short sessions covering a multitude of topics and issues. The program is designed for the Trauma Program Managers in the morning and clinical staff in the afternoon.

As the only Society dedicated to the pediatric professional allowing a forum to assemble and share new ideas and research, this year's meeting will not fall short of expectations! Looking forward to seeing everyone in Nashville!
3rd Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker: Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH
Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH

The PTS is pleased to announce Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH as this year's keynote speaker. His contributions to the field of injury control have spanned over 30 years. As the Founding Director of the Harborview Injury and Research Center in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Rivara has devoted his career to studying childhood injury and injury prevention.

The Pediatric Trauma Society Annual 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 multidisciplinary community. Building on the momentum from the previous meetings this year's meeting will encompass three days starting with a nursing pre-conference. The 3rd Annual Meeting includes the popular Early Riser sessions, expanded scientific sessions including the first annual Tepas paper competition, case studies and a new plenary session dedicated to pediatric mental health in trauma.

We look forward to seeing you in Nashville!

3rd Annual Meeting

First Annual Trauma Nursing Leadership Pre-Conference
Preliminary Program is Now Available!

View the First Annual Trauma Nursing Leadership Pre-Conference Preliminary Program

The Pediatric Trauma Society is proud to announce the first annual trauma nursing pre-conference and the preliminary program agenda is now available to view online! The preconference will take place on Thursday, November 10th from 0745-1720. The morning session will focus on best practices for trauma program leadership and includes topics such as pitfalls to avoid for a successful pediatric site survey, pros and cons of building a trauma nurse leader program and integrating the Peds TQIP report into your PI plan. The afternoon session will focus on clinical challenges for pediatric trauma care and includes topics such as storming in the pediatric trauma patient, cold vs. warm water drownings, pediatric victims of violence- protecting patient, family and staff, and cognitive rest after concussions. For additional topics and to register for the preconference visit the PTS website. Register today!

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Guidelines in Focus
Welcome to "Guidelines in Focus". This is a new opportunity to interact around evidence based guidelines that relate to the care of injured children. Periodically, we hope to provide you with an evidence based guideline from an organization whose mission overlaps with that of the PTS. Think of it like those "Key Articles" emails you get from the PTS and other organizations, except this one will focus on an evidence based guideline.

Each "Guidelines in Focus" will share a similar structure:

  1. Guideline highlights
    This section will provide you a direct link to the evidence based guideline and walk through some of the important points of each guideline.

  2. What's new?
    This section will summarize a few additional articles that relate to the evidence based guideline. The process of building an evidence based guideline is intense and time-consuming, yet new articles on the subject come out all the time.

  3. What next?
    This is your invitation to look at the care pathways posted on the PTS website, and see how people are practicing. We would love for all PTS members to share their care pathways, give feedback, and exchange ideas.

Above all, we hope that "Guidelines in Focus" will be helpful, educational, and interactive. If you have ideas about how to make it better, please let us know.

John Petty, MD
on behalf of the PTS Guidelines Committee

Diane Hochstuhl MSN, RN, NP-C
2016 Chair
Director Trauma and Nemours Kids Transport
Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children
The Education Committee grew in membership and assumed more responsibilities in 2016. A few of our completed tasks include: Updating and validating the Pediatric Trauma Clinical Resources page and free educational offerings within the PTS website... More
Pediatric Trauma: It Takes a Multi-Disciplinary Village (Trauma Globalcast – CME Available)
Join experts from around the country, including PTS Past President Richard Falcone Jr., MD, MPH, as they discuss the care of children suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from EMS arrival through rehabilitation as part of the pediatric trauma globalcast series. Topics covered include: c-spine immobilization and management, impact of trauma simulation training, airway management, treatment and rehabilitation of severe pediatric TBI. The symposium was broadcasted live to a virtual audience and is now available in the globalcastMD video library. The 4 hour symposium is based on speaker presentations and a faculty panel discussion. Participate today!
Get Involved: Share Your Resources!
The Education Committee has recently revised and updated both the Clinical Resources and CME/CEU pages located on the PTS website. The clinical resources and CME/CEU links were submitted by a number of our members and are consistently reviewed by the committee to assure relevancy and accuracy. We are opening up a Call for New Clinical Resources, Guidelines and Polices to add to the existing list.

Submissions can be emailed to Matilda Wright at In order to include your resources on the PTS webpage, the submission will need to be blinded so that the hospital or program name is not on the documents. Please include the date on each submission for relevancy.
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.
GRADE 5th Guideline Development Workshop
November 2-4, 2016
Orlando, FL
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2017 John M. Templeton Jr. Pediatric Trauma Symposium
March 3-4, 2017
Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
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