PTS Newsletter
Winter, 2018

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

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

Lisa Gray, MHA, BSN, RN, CPN
Director, Trauma Services
St. Vincent Evansville
PTS President

Happy 2018! How is it already February? Time does fly when you’re having fun, but it also flies when you're busy preparing for a trauma verification site visit in eleven weeks, which is the case for me! The PTS has started the year off with great enthusiasm and hard work. Since our annual meeting in November, each committee has taken the time to evaluate their work and progress while simultaneously setting new goals and priorities to meet the needs of our members and advance the mission of the Pediatric Trauma Society.

The Pediatric Trauma Society Educational Fund was established to support educational initiatives and awards related to the Annual Meeting.

Your contribution will be used to support:
  • The Joseph J. Tepas Best Presentation Award, awarded annually
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Trauma, awarded annually
  • Expenses related to the annual Keynote Speaker

View the List of Donors  Make a donation to PTS

5th Annual Meeting, November 2-4, 2017, Charleston Marriott, South Carolina

Abstract Submission Now Available!
The Pediatric Trauma Society is now accepting abstracts for their 5th Annual Meeting.
Submit Abstract
Deadline: Monday, May 7th at 11:59 pm EDT
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Lisa Nichols BSN, RN, CCRN, Nurse Leadership Co-Chair Lisa Nichols,
Tricia Morrell BSN, RN-BC, Nurse Leadership Co-Chair Tricia Morrell,

The PTS Nursing Leadership Committee continues to grow, adding many new members to our group during the 2017 PTS Annual Conference.

Francesca Bullaro, MD, Education Committee Chair Francesca Bullaro,
Ann Bacevice, MD, FAAP, Education Committee Co-Chair Ann Bacevice,

The PTS Education Committee looks forward to continuing to provide pediatric trauma education to our members.

Dana Noffsinger, CPNP, Advanced Practice Chair Dana Noffsinger,
Elizabeth Waibel CPNP, Advanced Practice Co-Chair Elizabeth Waibel,

The Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Committee was formed with the purpose of advancing and supporting the role of Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants in the clinical aspects of pediatric trauma care.

Pediatric Trauma Researchers Reap National Awards at Annual Meeting

Research Now | January 2018

Nationwide Children's Hospital trauma research teams took home both Joseph J. Tepas Paper Competition Awards from the 2017 Pediatric Trauma Society Annual Meeting. The awards are given for excellence in pediatric research. A team anchored by Kevin Klingele, MD, chief of the Department of Orthopaedics, won for its study that found a conservative approach to treating forearm fractures in which both bones are broken can reduce the number requiring surgery. The other winning team was anchored by Henry Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD, director of the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research and principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at The Research Institute. Its study uncovered impediments causing children with traumatic brain injuries to miss follow-up care.

TCAA 2018 Annual Conference
April 29-May 4
Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana

TCAA is offering two different Trauma Medical Director (TMD) courses this year in New Orleans, LA. Come join us for some New Orleans cuisine and networking during the TCAA Conference. The description of both courses is below to help you decide which course to take. Both courses are offered Thursday and Friday, May 3rd and 4th allowing the weekend to explore the city or attend Jazz Fest.

Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program (PCCTSDP) Flyer
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The Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program (PCCTSDP) is a national faculty training for pediatric critical care physicians and trauma surgeons. The goal of the PCCTSDP is to increase the number of highly trained, successfully funded, and sustainable pediatric critical care and pediatric trauma physician scientists who will do research to enhance the scientific understanding, clinical management, and long term outcome of critical illness and trauma in children. The PCCTSDP is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch.

Deadlines: Application deadline is October 1, 2018
Applicants must attend the PCCTSDP, Research Retreat in Deer Valley, Utah, November 1-4th, 2018, as part of the application process.

Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Policy Development Workshop

Following recent successful advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill to raise the profile of the pediatric trauma epidemic in this country, members of the Congressional Pediatric Trauma Caucus are eager to take action. At their request, this past January, the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma hosted a policy development workshop in Washington, D.C. The workshop focused on potential legislation to significantly decrease death and disability in children caused by traumatic injury.

The first educational webinar, in a series of five, presented by EIIC is entitled New Guidelines for Pediatric Trauma. Speakers will include Drs. Nathan Kuppermann, Julie Leonard, and James Holmes.

The presentation will focus on:

  • PECARN research highlighting EMSC evidence based practices in pediatric trauma,
  • Implications for pediatric EMS trauma, and
  • A review of the ACS-COT statement on spinal motion restriction.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 2pm CST. Click here to register and for more information.

Educational Resources
18th Annual Templeton Pediatric Trauma Symposium
March 2-3, 2018
The Union League of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
STN TraumaCon 2018
March 21-23, 2018
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon
TCAA 2018 Annual Conference
April 29-May 4, 2018
Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana
APSA 2018 Annual Meeting
May 3-6, 2018
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Palm Desert, CA
3rd Annual Pediatric Trauma Conference
May 18, 2018
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside
Norfolk, Virginia
Global Symposium of Innovation in Trauma Research Methods
June 12-13, 2018
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, Ohio
Please join us for the Global Symposium of Innovation in Trauma Research Methods, June 12-13, 2018 at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. Researchers from around the world will join to discuss the latest, innovative methodologies in trauma care and research. Participants can expect invited lectures and panel discussions from an interdisciplinary group of renowned experts, including both local and international researchers, statisticians, and clinicians. A robust, scientific program will include oral and poster abstract presentations.
Submit your Abstract
Deadline: February 28, 2018
PTS 2018 Annual Meeting
November 8-10, 2018
Royal Sonesta
Houston, TX USA
APSA 2019 50th Anniversary Meeting
May 19-22, 2019
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Boston, MA
EAST Annual Scientific Assembly
January 15-19, 2019
JW Marriott Austin, Austin, TX USA
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