PTS Newsletter
Summer, 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

Summertime is starting to wind down, and soon our patients will be back in school, and hopefully we will have time to catch our breath. Summer winding down also means we are getting much closer to our annual meeting... More
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... More
3rd Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Preliminary Program is Now Available!
View abstract presentations, guest speakers, panelists and more!

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The Pediatric Trauma Society has submitted applications to both the American College of Surgeons and Society of Trauma Nurses for accreditation of the 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, go to and click on annual meeting. Registration is now open!

Housing and Registration Now Available!
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This year, the Pediatric Trauma Society Annual Meeting will feature a Case Study Session that will incorporate cases that generate discussion from both a panel and the audience. The presenter will guide the audience through a case that has three environments of care and experts will provide discussion/feedback. Any provider of any level is encouraged to submit. The case session will be presented Saturday, November 12th as part of the 3rd Annual Meeting to be held at the Hilton Downtown Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Case Submission Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2016.

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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 on September 19, 2016 at 12:00PM EDT. Topics covered include: c-spine immobilization and management, impact of trauma simulation training, airway management, treatment and rehabilitation of severe pediatric TBI. The symposium will be broadcast live to a virtual audience from Cincinnati, OH. The 4 hour symposium will be based on speaker presentations and a faculty panel discussion. The seminar will be an interactive and engaging conversation with audience questions and debate. Register 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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