PTS Newsletter
Winter, 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

I am honored to be your new Pediatric Trauma Society president, and I am acutely aware of the challenges I face following the successful presidency of Dr. Bob Letton. Bob did a terrific job as president: he ran punctual board...

4th Annual Meeting

Save the Date
4th Annual Meeting
November 2-4, 2017
Charleston Marriott
South Carolina

Abstract Submission Now Available
The Pediatric Trauma Society is now accepting abstracts for their 4th Annual Meeting.
Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, May 8th at 11:59 pm EDT.
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On November 9, 2016 the Journal of Pediatric Surgery published, Letter to the Editor: "Post-traumatic liver and splenic pseudoaneurysms in children: Diagnosis, management, and follow-up screening using contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS)" by Durkin et al J Pediatr Surg 51 (2016) 289-292 authored by a number of PTS members. View the letter!
Rajan Thakkar, MD, Membership Committee Chair Rajan Thakkar, MD
Kathy Haley, RN, MSN, BSN, Membership Committee Co-Chair Kathy Haley, RN, MSN, BSN
Pediatric Trauma Society has grown since our long ago inaugural gathering in a Florida conference room! Going into 2017 our membership has grown to over 600 members! The PTS Membership Committee has begun work to ensure we continue to match membership needs with valued services as well as grow our multidisciplinary membership in PTS. The committee's goals for 2017 include...

Program Committee Update
Richard Kruse, DO
Program Committee Chair

The program committee is excited to get underway planning the next Annual Meeting. We reviewed the comments made by participants and take all feedback seriously. I encourage all PTS members to email me with any further specific thoughts or comments on ways to continue to best serve the trauma community
at We look forward to seeing you in South Carolina!
Education Committee Update
Michael Dingeldein, MD
Education Committee Chair

The Education Committee is looking forward to a great 2017. We had our first conference call at the end of January. We have a variety of projects we are working on including: maintenance of the CME list on the PTS website, quarterly Journal Scan, developing ideas for CME, and developing a mechanism for sharing unique and interesting case reports.

Please contact me at if there are other projects you like to see the Education Committee involved in.
Marc Auerbach, MD
Guidelines Committee Chair

The Guidelines Committee is pleased to kick off the New Year with six working groups all with a different pediatric trauma focus. These groups include...

Benjamin Woodhouse, MSN, RN, Nurse Leadership Co-Chair Benjamin Woodhouse, MSN, RN
Lisa Nichols BSN, RN, CCRN, Nurse Leadership Co-Chair Lisa Nichols BSN, RN, CCRN
The eve before the beginning of the Nashville PTS meeting there was a trial of sorts a call out for those interested in a Trauma Program Manager committee had been posted weeks earlier - and the rest was history. The meeting was PACKED with trauma program nurse leaders from across the country. The talk was robust and a committee charter was drafted...

John Petty, MD
Lead of the VTE Prophylaxis Guideline Working Group

PTS is celebrating the publication of its first evidence-based guideline. This has been accepted by the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery in electronic form, prior to printed publication later this year...

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.
7th Annual South Carolina Pediatric Trauma & Injury Prevention Symposium
Friday, February 24, 2017
Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC
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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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Guideline Development Workshop for Diagnosis
April 10-12, 2017
Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, MN
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Register by January 31st, 2017 to receive discounted registration

American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) 2017 Annual Meeting
May 4-7, 2017
The Diplomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL

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