PTS Newsletter
Spring, 2017

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

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

Jonathan I. Groner, MD
PTS President

Spring has arrived and that means that the staff and leadership of the Pediatric Trauma Society are already hard at work creating an outstanding program for its 4th annual meeting November 2-4 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dr. Steven Stylianos named NY State 2016
Trauma Medical Director of Distinction

PTS Executive Board member Steven Stylianos, MD, Pediatric Trauma Medical Director at the NY-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital was named the New York State 2016 "Trauma Medical Director of Distinction" at the January, 2017 NY State Division of the American Trauma Society meeting in Troy, NY.

The award is presented annually to recognize commitment and the pursuit of excellence in the area of trauma care across NY State. Join us in congratulating Dr. Stylianos!
The Journal of Pediatric Surgery (JTACS) is undergoing some structural changes that have gone into effect as of April 1st.

Recently Published: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Manuscripts
"The association of non-accidental trauma with historical factors, exam findings and diagnostic testing during the initial trauma evaluation"
Mauricio A Escobar; Marc Auerbach; Katherine Flynn-O'Brien; Gunjan Tiyyagura; Matthew A Borgman; Susan J Duffy; Kelly Falcone; Rita Burke; John M Cox; Sabine Maguire

"Acute Procedural Interventions Following Pediatric Blunt Abdominal Trauma: A Prospective Multicenter Evaluation"

"Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) in Children Following Blunt Abdominal Trauma: A Multi-Institutional Analysis"

"Standardizing the initial resuscitation of the trauma patient with the Primary Assessment Completion Tool (PACT) using video review"
Wurster LA, Thakkar RK, Haley KJ, Wheeler KK, Larson J, Stoner M, Gewirtz Y, Holman T, Buckingham D, Groner JI.

Primary Children's Pediatric Trauma Center Funding Survey 2017
We seek to understand where U.S. Pediatric Trauma Centers receive funding in this de-identified, anonymous survey. Results of this survey will be presented at the national Pediatric Trauma Society conference in November 2017. Completion of the survey will be taken as giving consent for use of the data. Respondents' results will be kept confidential, anonymous and de-identified using REDCap's system. This survey is brief and should take about 5 minutes to complete. We thank you for your time! Proceed to survey.
Program Committee Update
Richard Kruse, DO

Your Program Committee continues to work on making the upcoming 4th Annual Meeting the best yet. Our goal is to add content to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse membership. In addition to the latest research, there will be state of the art lectures, interactive case presentations, and hands on simulation sessions. All with planned time for networking and some fun. I urge everyone to submit their research and/or a clinical case for discussion. Please visit the website and help YOUR Pediatric Trauma Society. Stay tuned for more details!

Richard Kruse, DO
Tony Escobar, MD
NAT Lead

Marc Auerbach, MD
Guidelines Committee Chair
Tony Escobar, MD Tony Escobar, MD
NAT Lead
Marc Auerbach, MD Marc Auerbach, MD

The Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS) Guidelines Committee Non-Accidental Trauma (NAT) Working Group recently had the manuscript "The association of non-accidental trauma with historical factors, exam findings and diagnostic testing during the initial trauma evaluation" accepted for publication in The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

Benjamin Woodhouse, MSN, RN, Nurse Leadership Co-Chair Benjamin Woodhouse,
Lisa Nichols BSN, RN, CCRN, Nurse Leadership Co-Chair Lisa Nichols,

The PTS Nursing Leadership Committee continues to meet via teleconference since its inception at the annual meeting in November.

Laura Cassidy, PhD Laura Cassidy, PhD
Natalie Yanchar, MD Natalie Yanchar, MD

With the bloom of spring, the PTS research committee has germinated many exciting ideas that are starting to grow and take shape! Two systematic reviews are being initiated from which we anticipate many new ideas will sprout.

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.
2nd Annual Pediatric Trauma Conference
May 11, 2017
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Norfolk, VA

Ohio Pediatric Trauma Symposium
December 8, 2017
Akron Children's Hospital
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