Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS)


President's Letter

Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN, PTS President Terri Elsbernd, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN
Mayo Clinic Hospital
Rochester, MN
PTS President

There are many catch phrases that prior to 2020 were not part of our everyday conversations. Now phrases like "social distancing" and "virtual meetings" seem to enter into many of our daily interactions. The one, however, that resonates the most with me is "these are unprecedented times." There is no denying our professional and personal lives have been altered in many ways. Unfortunately the professional organization we are committed to, PTS, is also experiencing unprecedented times.

I am sure by now you have heard the news that we will not be able to get together in New Orleans in November as we had planned. In full transparency I am saddened; most of all I will miss sharing three days with my PTS family and friends. I know you share my sentiment but rest assured the Program Committee and the Board of Directors are working diligently to create a virtual event that will help us bridge the gap until we can be together again. Details will be released as soon as they are finalized.

The transition of leadership for PTS occurs at our Annual Meeting. In the absence of an in-person Annual Meeting in 2020 the Board was faced with making a decision on how to handle the usual transition. Ultimately, the Board voted unanimously to freeze the leadership and halt any election and turnover in 2020. All Board members as well as the Program Chairs have agreed to continue serving in their current role until the 2021 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. I am honored to serve as your President for another year. Throughout these unusual days of the COVID pandemic I never ceased to be amazed at the incredible resilience I witness every day. I am confident that PTS has shown and will continue to display that same resilience.

Until next time,

Save the Date: PTS LIVE (Learning In a Virtual Environment)

PTS LIVE (Learning In a Virtual Environment)

As you know, due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity of creating the safest learning experience, portions of this year’s PTS Annual Meeting that was to take place in person November 4-7, 2020 in New Orleans, LA, will now be held in a virtual format. With the importance of the health and well-being of members, attendees, faculty, patients, staff, and other stakeholders, it is was clear that a traditional PTS Meeting will not be possible.

The PTS Board of Directors identified a Virtual Meeting Task Force, to evaluate and determine the best possible virtual learning environment for our membership. In order to incorporate the selected content, PTS will move forward with a one day, virtual LIVE Meeting on Friday, November 6th and host a series of monthly webinars. Each webinar will be 60 minutes and will be hosted on the second Thursday of each month at 12:00 PM Eastern Time, each webinar will then be recorded and housed on the PTS website. If you were participating in a session or had an abstract acceptance, we will be in touch within the coming weeks with additional information.

We thank you for your patience while we have made this shift and your continued commitment and support of the Society. Please watch the PTS website for updates, and we will keep you all informed as the PTS Virtual Meeting takes shape. We look forward to your participation during PTS LIVE!


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

Make a donation to PTS

Starting in 2020
Donate $25.00, get a PTS pin
Donate $50.00, get a PTS t-shirt
Donate $65.00, get both pin and t-shirt
All items will be given out at the PTS Annual Meeting

Thank you to all of our supporters!


Your member invoice has been sent for 2020 dues. Please log into your members account to update your dues and any other information.

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Co-Chairs: Brandi Farrell, CPNP, Elizabeth Waibel, CPNP
Brandi Farrell, CPNP
Elizabeth Waibel, CPNP
The Advance Practice Provider (APP) is an integral part of the trauma team. As highly specialized hospital staff, we have the unique ability to affect changes, influence policy, and improve patient care. The Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS) has recognized the crucial role APPs have in the care of our trauma patients. PTS supports the advancement of the APP group by providing space and resources dedicated to our unique role. We host a separate listserv to discuss clinical and policy questions pertinent to APP practice in pediatric trauma. Our committee has six steering members that meet regularly with the Co-Chairs to guide the discussions and activities of the group. Below are some of our APP steering committee’s experiences with PTS and the APP group.

We look forward to meeting all our trauma APP colleagues! Please consider joining us in the APP committee meetings, contributing to our listserv, and networking with your colleagues around the country. More

Education Committee Update

Roberta Miller, MSN, RN, CPN, CPEN, TCRN, Education Committee Chair Roberta Miller, MSN, RN, CPN, CPEN, TCRN
Kim Wallenstein, Education Committee Co-chair Kim Wallenstein

The Education Committee continues to distribute a monthly educational newsletters that include Jorunal Scans, Case Reports and CME opportunities. Be sure to check these out - they are all available on the PTS website.


Kara Mitchell, Nurse Leadership Committee Co-Chair Kara Mitchell
Susan Ziegfeld, MSN, PNP-BC, Nurse Leadership Committee Chair Susan Ziegfeld, MSN, PNP-BC

The PTS Nursing Leadership Committee continues to be productive though an active listserv and monthly conference calls (committee agenda alternating with an educational topic). The Nursing Leader Steering Committee developed a charter, which serves to provide leadership and guide the work of the larger committee. Our committee is actively working on our 2020 goals, which are to... More

Research Committee Update

Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD, Program Committee Chair Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD
Teresa Bell, PhD, Program Committee Chair Teresa Bell, PhD

New PTS Research Committee-approved multicenter Randomized, Controlled Trial
  • Title: Effect of Restricted Fluid Management Strategy on Outcomes in Critically Ill Pediatric Trauma Patients: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Principal Investigator: Vincent Duron, MD - Director, Pediatric Surgical Critical Care, Assistant Professor of Surgery; Division of Pediatric Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital - Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • For more information, please visit:

Submit a Research Survey
In an effort to encourage submissions and engage the membership, an anonymous Member of the PTS has generously volunteered to fund the first 5 surveys submitted. Please note, requests may not be met immediately and all submissions are still subject to review.

Distribution of research surveys/questionnaires to health care professionals is an effective method to explore practice patterns, knowledge, etc. Submit your Research Survey for consideration of being distributed to the Pediatric Trauma Society Members! The PTS Research Committee will:

  1. Solicit ideas for pediatric trauma focused surveys
  2. Collaborate with membership committee to provide principle investigator a list of target survey recipients and contact information
  3. Provide some level of review for surveys intended for PTS members at large
  4. Provide some language to principle investigator for endorsement by PTS research committee for Society distribution

Please note: the Research Committee provides these actions as a guide and this does not indicate that the committee will develop the surveys, distribute the surveys, monitor progress, nor collect or analyze the data.

There will be a fee ($300) for surveys that are endorsed/hosted by committee.

Proceed to Survey

Publications Committee

Timeline for Submission of Manuscripts to the PTS Publications Committee for review prior to submitting to the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (JTACS):

  • Midnight, Sunday October 4, 2020: All Tepas Competition papers and others wishing to be published in JTACS must be submitted to the PTS Publications Committee
    • If Tepas papers are not received on time they will be excluded from the competition
  • October 26, 2020: Publications reviews for papers received by October 4, 2020 must be completed and sent to the authors before the meeting
    • Authors submitting after October 4, 2020 will not receive their reviews prior to the meeting
  • November 5: Virtual Tepas Competition and happy hour
  • November 6: PTS LIVE
  • November 16, 2020: All decision letters should have been sent
  • December 14, 2020: Major revision papers must have been resubmitted for secondary review
  • January 11, 2020: Final decision on Major Revision papers
  • February 1, 2020: All approved PTS papers must have been submitted by authors to JTACS

Combatting Racism in Pediatric Trauma Care

Jonathan I. Groner MD is the Trauma Quality Medical Director at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Clinical Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He has practiced pediatric surgery with a focus on trauma, burns, and acute care surgery for over 25 years. He is a past president of the Central Ohio Trauma System and the Pediatric Trauma Society. Dr. Groner has a strong interest in medical ethics and has written extensively about the role of health care professionals in judicial executions in the United States. This presentation, “Combatting Racism in Pediatric Trauma Care,” was inspired by the protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and others, and it was encouraged by the dedicated Trauma Program staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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Educational Video: Streamline Burn Care in ED

At Children’s National we are continuing to see steady trauma and burn volumes.

We created the following video to educate staff and to streamline burn care in our ED.

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Feel free to share with your colleagues!
Submitted by: Elizabeth Waibel, CPNP, Children’s National


Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (JTACS) is the official publication of the Pediatric Trauma Society. All PTS members are eligible to receive the journal at a discounted price as long as your dues are current. The reduced rate of $96 is based on a calendar year and you have the option of choosing a paper and electronic copy, or electronic only. To sign up for the discounted rate, please contact the AAST office at 800-789-4006 and state you are with the PTS and want the discounted rate for JTACS, (please have your PTS membership number handy). To continue to receive JTACS, you will need to contact AAST to renew your subscription starting in October of each year.


MCI Focus Group Meeting Please join the WRAP-EM MCI/ Active Threats Focus Group as they review the findings of the Active Shooter Response Readiness survey and host a panel discussion of the MCI Community Hospital Preparedness education module featuring participants from the Boston Marathon Bombing (2013), and the Sandy Hook (2012) and 1 October (2017) Shootings.

The Western Regional Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Management is a partnership funded by ASPR. More information is available at:

Educational Resources

PTS LIVE (Learning In a Virtual Environment)
Friday, November 6, 2020
PTS 8th Annual Meeting
November 3-6, 2021
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Baltimore, MD
PTS 9th Annual Meeting
November 2-5, 2022
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Portland, OR

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