PTS Newsletter
Winter, 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
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Pediatric Trauma Society Members,

I am truly humbled to be sending my first message to all of you as President of the Pediatric Trauma Society. Especially following such an incredibly successful second meeting at the Omni Resorts and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Sharon Deppe BSN, RN
Coordinator of Performance Improvement
Central Ohio Trauma System

  • Do you struggle identifying trauma nursing education requirements for trauma verification?
  • Are nationally recognized standardized courses the only way to meet the educational needs for nurses caring for the injured patient?
  • What is the ideal pediatric trauma nursing education plan?

Absolute science and measurable educational outcomes provide very limited answers or suggestions to address these questions. The Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) has developed a regional initiative to better meet nursing educational needs and provide an overall enhancement to trauma care.

PTS Advocacy Statement: Review and Approve!
The Executive Board has proposed the adoption of an official Advocacy Statement. The policy was drafted to define the process by which requests for support or advocacy from the Pediatric Trauma Society are reviewed. Please take a moment to review the draft statement here. Please direct any questions or concerns to

To formally adopt the policy, please vote here.
Trauma Resuscitation: What Does Your Organization Do?
Take this brief survey to provide valuable feedback regarding the future of trauma resuscitation procedures. Proceed to Survey
Lara McKenzie, PhD, MA
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-12. An estimated 50% of unintentional injuries occur in or around the home. However, most people consider their home the safest place for their children to be. The Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) at Nationwide Children's Hospital developed a mobile app to help families learn how to make their homes safer.

Diane C. Hochstuhl, MSN, RN, NP-C
Nemours/duPont Hospital for Children

Happy New Year to all!

The PTS Education Committee began its work January 7 with its monthly conference call. Michael Dingeldein ( from Rainbow Babies & Children in Cleveland, was introduced as co-chair. Goals for 2016 were discussed and include...

Steve Woods, RN, BSN, MBA
St. Louis Children's Hospital

It's Time to Renew Your Membership
Happy New Year, PTS members and potential members! We hope that your year is off to a great start and that 2016 will be the best year yet for you personally and professionally.

John K. Petty, MD
Guideline Committee Chair
Brenner Children's Hospital

Happy New Year from the guidelines committee! We anticipate 2016 will be another great year. We are continuing to move forward.

Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis workgroup—the work on the National Multidisciplinary Consensus project has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. This project has been two years in the making, and the results were presented at the recent PTS meeting. Keep an eye on the Journal this summer!

Margot Daugherty, MSN, MEd., RN
Program Committee Chair

The Second Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Trauma Society ended on a high note! The Omni Resort and Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona provided a gorgeous setting for relaxation while the conference provided a stimulating environment to network and collaborate. This year's conference hosted a diverse group of participants including: 134 physicians, 100 nurses / physician assistants, 49 residents and 5 allied health providers.

Steven Cuff, MD, FAAP, CAQSM
Co-Director, Sports Concussion Program
Nationwide Children's Hospital

It has been estimated that up to 3.8 million concussions occur during youth sports and recreational activity each year 1 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified children and young adults (ages 5-24 years) among the highest risk groups for sustaining sports-related concussions. 2In 2009, the country's first concussion legislation was passed in Washington state, known as the Lystedt Law.

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program at the Health Resources and Services Administration has released the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Targeted Issues grant program. The EMSC program works to ensure that critically ill and injured children receive optimal pediatric emergency care. The goal of the Targeted Issues Program is to support strategies to improve the quality of pediatric care delivered in emergency care settings across the continuum of emergency care through the implementation of pediatric emergency care research and innovative cross-cutting projects.

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